Muguruza sweats before the prodigy Coco Gauff

Muguruza sweats before the prodigy Coco Gauff

It took Garbiñe three sets and two and a half hours to defeat Coco Gauff, the 16-year-old.

Muguruza sweats before the prodigy Coco Gauff

Garbiñe Muguruza had to sweat a lot in tennis to defeat Coco Gauff in the Premier 5 in Rome (7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3). The Caracas woman needed two and a half hours to find her best version to get rid of the American, who deployed all the arguments that make her one of the young prodigies of world tennis on the clay of the Foro Italico .

Gauff thundered onto the track last season, though he had long been on the radar. The American has worked since the age of 10 at the academy of Patrick Mouratoglou , Serena Williams' coach. At 13 she was playing the junior final of the US Open and at 14 she was already a junior champion at Roland Garros.

Gauff started 2019 at 685th in the world and finished it at 68 . In between, she reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon and won her first WTA tournament (Linz). This year, before she turned 16, she knocked Naomi Osaka down at the Australian Open. In the two greats, she fell against those who would ultimately be champions, Simona Halep and Sofia Kenin.

There is little surprise and more and more certainties in Coco Gauff. Garbiñe Muguruza was able to verify it first hand, who saw herself with a disadvantage break in each of the three sets she needed to defeat the American . Gauff varied heights and directions, finding great responses to what looked like good Muguruza winners. It was the blows but also the tactical ability that was sensed behind.

At times it puzzled Muguruza, who did not find herself comfortable throughout the duel. Unlike in the premiere against Sloane Stephens , where she won with authority, the Caracas player had to work hard to defeat Gauff, who had a break lead in all three sets. Also in the sudden death of the first, before Garbiñe closed in a big way: six consecutive points, with an 'ace' to close.

Muguruza could not lift the break in the second but could in the third, where Gauff began to fall apart after taking a 2-0 start . The Spanish-Venezuelan increased the pressure and Gauff's service, one of the aspects that most needed improvement, staggered until it collapsed.

Garbiñe Muguruza gets into the round of 16 of the Premier 5 in Rome, where the winner of the duel between Irina Begu and Johanna Konta will be measured.

Martinez falls to Shapovaloc

Before, Pedro Martínez fell against Denis Shapovalov in a tighter duel than could be expected with the 97 positions that separate them in the ATP ranking (6-4, 6-4). The Valencian, who in the first round had eliminated Sam Querrey, demanded the number 12 in the world and got to have a 3-0 in favor in the second round, but could not complete the assault on the Canadian. With the defeat of the tennis player trained by Daniel Gimeno Traver, Rafa Nadal remains the only Spanish representative in the men's team in Rome.

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