Muguruza tries to return the ball during the match against Diyas at Margaret Court in Melbourne.DAVID GRAY / AF
P Zarina Diyas did not know how to sink her tooth, or how to find a hole, or if she was going to find any respite because Garbiñe Muguruza , at a pace of festival, he was in his sauce and he did not loosen or to shots. In short, it was clear to him that he was not going to escape that one.
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The Spanish continues to flow in these Australian days in which she has found inspiration, solving matches with sufficiency and authority, firmly towards the eighth of the Australian Open. They won by a double 6-1, in just 56 minutes, and after three rounds of addition and more a bigger commitment is coming, as long as Naomi Osaka lives up to the expectations against Ons Jabeur. Muguruza will reach that clash with the biorhythms at the top, playing very well and, above all, competing better. He has taken the point, but he does not allow himself to be distracted or let himself be carried away. It would be from the first to the last ball.
Melbourne suits him, a tournament that until last year was elusive. She reached the final and this edition continues to add arguments to run as one of the candidates. There are no fissures, and there are many aspects in its favor. That great balance in his tennis, bite and control at the same time. For the third day in a row, the error locker stood at 14, with 17 winners and superb defense every time Diyas (27 years old, 83rd in the WTA) tried to open the door to the match. Out of five options, she was denied five times
The Kazakh woman came face to face with reality. Today, she is a long way from the Spanish, one of the players who have landed in better shape at this Australian Open. Fortunately, Muguruza did not suffer any mishap in the run-up to the tournament and was able to add to the base that he brought from the preseason in Marbella with a hopeful takeoff in the previous tournament. He couldn't beat Ashleigh Barty , but the level is there today. He has not yielded any set and abbreviated on the track, without problems. After three polite rounds, the moment of truth arrives.
“MAYBE IT IS A QUESTION OF TRUST”
In the turn of attention to the media, Muguruza appreciated his good moment and attributed it to a whole. “It's a combination of blows, of mentality, of trying to dominate from the first point. The consistency, the serenity, the trying to dominate. It can also be a question of confidence, because I have already played a lot of matches in a row [8, five from the Yarra Valley Classic and three from the Open], "said the Spaniard. Asked if she is approaching the level of her best moments, when she won Roland Garros (2016) and Wimbledon (2016), and was a finalist for the first time in the great British (2015), she commented: “I feel at a good level, I am being consistent. It could be at a level similar to those years. Now I feel pretty solid, and that's a good sign. " Regarding a potential duel with Osaka, one of the best tennis players in the world, he limited himself to replying: “It could be a very good match. We've never played with each other, and that can make it more interesting ”.
Australian Open: results (Friday 12) and order of play (Saturday 13) .