VAMOS! Spaniards Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro Eliminate World No. 1 Elise Mertens’ Team at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/24/2021, 4:57 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Doubles – Round 1 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 24, 2021. Garbine Muguruza of Spain and Carla Suarez of Spain in action during their first round match against Elise Mertens of Belgium and Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium REUTERS/Edgar Su


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 have officially begun. Kicking off the action in the tennis events, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro took on Belgium’s Elise Mertens and Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round of the women’s doubles. It was the Spanish pair that overcame the Belgian obstacle, winning the match 6-3 7-6(4). 

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Set 1: Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro lead from the front 

As the match began, Muguruza and Navarro got the early break. Soon after, both teams were holding serve efficiently. 

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In the seventh game of the set, Mertens and Uytvanck broke back. However, they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity and were broken back in the very next game. 

Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Garbi–e Muguruza of Spain hits a forehand against Bianca Andreescu of Canada (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

42 minutes into the match, the Spanish pair sealed the opening set 6-3 in their favor. During the set, the Spaniards won 37 points while the Belgians won 30 points. 

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Set 2: The Spaniards too composed for the Belgians 

In the following set, the Belgian pair began proceedings and held serve. At 2-2, the Spaniards did cause some trouble to their opponents, but the Belgians did well to hold serve. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro in action during her first round match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The Spanish pair applied further pressure soon later and got the much-needed break in the seventh game. They soon consolidated the break by holding serve to make it 5-3. In the end, they won the set 7-6(4).

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With the Spaniards starting the Games on a positive note, it will be interesting to see how they fare in the upcoming rounds when to competition gets tougher. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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