‘The Sport Can Be Brutal’: Twitter Reacts to Garbine Muguruza’s Tough Loss to Naomi Osaka at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/13/2021, 11:01 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza during her fourth round match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott


What an incredibly nerve-wracking end to a fourth-round match at the Australian Open 2021. Saving two match points, Japan’s Naomi Osaka defeated Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 4-6, 5-7. And the turnaround has set the Twitteratis in motion.

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To book a berth in the quarterfinals, the duo battled on an unusually cool morning at the Rod Laver Arena. Although the match started with Osaka hitting an ace, the opening set went to her opponent.

It was Muguruza’s rock-solid temperament that stood tall against everything. Coupled with bull striking returns and quality serves, the 2-time Grand Slam champion was in total control of the match.

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However, the relentless fighter inside Naomi Osaka kept pushing her back in the match. Finding her way through a break in the second set, the Japanese World No. 3 leveled the sets at 1-1.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her fourth-round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Loren Elliott

All was left in the arms of the final set to decide the winner between the two. The Spaniard, who held her composure throughout the match, continued the same in the climax of the match.

This caused the nervous Naomi to commit mistakes, giving away two match points to Muguruza. But somehow she turned the tables in the nick of the time, enduring in the tournament.

With hitting 22 winners against 1 winner in the last two games, the Japanese-born Osaka snatched away the match. Such a loss will certainly haunt the last year’s runner up at the Australian Open, Muguruza.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her fourth-round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Loren Elliott

While many others applauded the 2019 Australian Open champion, there was no way to not feel sorry for the Spaniard. But she has had a rebelling start of the 2021 season, and she will hope to take it forward.

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For a position in the semifinals of the Australian Open 2021, Osaka will face Taiwanese professional Hsieh Su-wei. And considering her performance, she is a big favorite for the title.

Nevertheless, we have two more exciting weeks to go. Who will win the Australian Open title this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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