Just over twelve months ago, Garbine Muguruza conquered Mount Kilimanjaro and a few looks later having made it to the Australian Open final you wouldn’t have ruled out the Spaniard returning to the top of women’s tennis.
Unfortunately, 2020 had other ideas and that was put on hold. Now back in Melbourne the two Grand Slam champions has turned up with an aura of a woman on a mission and has looked in fantastic form ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.
Over the last couple of years before 2020 inconsistency was a big problem for Muguruza but on her day she turns it on and it’s amazing to watch her in the zone and going for it.
This is what we saw in Melbourne in her warm-up event, in the first three matches she dropped just nine games which is very good for a first tournament and with all the disruption going on.
Against Sofia Kenin it was very much a performance of a player playing with confidence in her game and a fantastic attitude to the task ahead. The last time she played Sofia in Melbourne was the Australian Open final which she lost in a close three set match but she took the American down in style days before her title defence begins.
The errors coming from Kenin didn’t help but the pressure from Garbine was relentless as she stormed to a 6-2 6-2 win. She won 5/9 break points, served at 74% hitting 10 aces and just eleven unforced errors in 16 games but 26 winners to add to an impressive performance.
It was strong throughout the match and her week to date was exceptional. On Friday night we saw her once again talk her opponent apart and this time it was former Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova with the Spaniard dropping ones game.
I don’t think it is a big worry for Garbine to have lost to Ash Barty in the final, she has still built up that momentum throughout the week to take her to Melbourne and be ready for the first major of the year.