“Might Not Train Like in Preseason”: Garbine Muguruza Updates on Her Australian Open 2021 Preparation

Published 01/09/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain returns the ball during her Women’s Singles first round match against Nao Hibino of Japan on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Former World No.1 Garbine Muguruza has started her pre-Australian Open 2021 preparations. She is into the third round of the newly formed WTA 500 event in Abu Dhabi.

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Muguruza had a routine win over 90th ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich. It was a straight-set victory that saw brilliant stroke play from Muguruza. The Spaniard then sat down for her press conference and spoke about the upcoming Australian Open 2021. Muguruza is the defending runner-up as she lost to Sofia Kenin in last year’s Australian Open.

“I mean, for Australian open I think I prepared since I started the preseason. You know, this tournament is back on competition. I’m trying to take it as a tournament and also as a match training mode because outside the matches, I’m also training.”

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Garbine Muguruza of Spain waves to the camera after winning. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

Garbine Muguruza pushing herself more at WTA Abu Dhabi Open

Muguruza told Essentially Sports about her preparations for the Aussie Open. She recognizes the Abu Dhabi Open as an important tournament for warming up prior to flying to Melbourne.

“I might not train like in preseason, but I’m definitely putting the hours even if I’m a little bit extra tired on the match because this is a tournament to to do the last push working and also getting that feeling of competition back.”

The Abu Dhabi Open is the only tournament in January. Most of the top players will be flying to Australia next week to serve out their quarantine before playing the pre-events to the Australian Open in the first week of February. Muguruza is looking at the barren period of the quarantine and thus playing and pushing herself more.

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Garbine Muguruza celebrates after winning at the 2020 Australian Open. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The pandemic had ruined the schedules of most of the tennis players. That is why Muguruza is tiring herself in Abu Dhabi. The extra effort now will help players navigate through quarantine.

Muguruza will get a good fight against ninth seed Maria Sakkari in the third round of the Abu Dhabi Open. Sakkari comes into the clash with a strong victory over teenage sensation, Coco Gauff. Let’s see how Muguruza performs against Sakkari.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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