“Worst in Terms of Quality”: Garbine Muguruza Reflects on Her Loss at Qatar Open 2021

Published 03/07/2021, 11:11 PM EST
FEBRUARY 01: Garbine Muguruza of Spain looks on after losing her Women’s Singles Final match against Sofia Kenin of the United States on day thirteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 01, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza competed at the Qatar Open 2021. The Spanish player was sailing smoothly until she lost in the final. The fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova handed the 27-year-old her defeat in straight sets. The match ended after 63 minutes, and the Spaniard won just three games in the entire match. 

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Garbine Muguruza felt the strength of her opponent, who was hitting the ball purely and was able to find the corners of the court with ease. Muguruza felt the match slipped away during the initial stages. The former French Open champion has fared poorly during the business end of the recent tournaments.

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)

Garbine Muguruza: “Was behind on the scoreboard very fast”

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Reflecting on her disappointing loss at the Qatar Open, the Spanish star stated, “It is difficult to play against her because she has very good shots. I have not felt well from the beginning. My shots did not mark the dominance of the point and I was behind on the scoreboard very fast. Of all the games I have played this week, it has been the worst in terms of quality. It is true that the lower-quality matches are coming in the final rounds.”

During the prior rounds, Garbine emerged victorious over young talents like the Belarusian player Aryna Sabalenka and the Greek athlete Maria Sakkari. In the quarterfinal, she got a walkover from Victoria Azarenka, who withdrew due to a back injury.

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

The next stop for the Spaniard will be at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, where she competes against the likes of the three-time champion Elina Svitolina, and the defending French Open champion Iga Swiatek.  

Prior to the Qatar Open, Muguruza competed at the Australian Open 2021. She lost in the fourth round to eventual champion Naomi Osaka. Before that, she was the finalist at the Yarra Valley Classic. 

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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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