“Had Been Playing With Pain”: Garbine Muguruza Reflects on Her Loss Against Bianca Andreescu at Miami Open 2021

Published 03/30/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
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)


World No. 9 Bianca Andreescu stunned the in-form Garbine Muguruza at the Miami Open 2021 yesterday. After losing the first set, the Canadian star made a terrific comeback and won the remaining two sets quite easily. The final scoreline of the match was 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. With her win, Andreescu also earned a ticket to the quarters of the tournament.

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In the post-match interview, Garbine Muguruza admitted that she had a lot of opportunities to win the match, especially in the second set.

“It was a very even game, there was a lot of levels and I feel that I had opportunities to win, especially in the second set,” said Muguruza.

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FEBRUARY 01: Garbine Muguruza of Spain looks on after losing her Women’s Singles Final match against Sofia Kenin. Day thirteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 01, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Spaniard also accepted that she wasn’t completely fit and played the match with a lot of pain. “The physical has been decisive. I had been playing with pain for days and today they limited me a lot. But I remain positive,” added the 2-time Grand Slam winner.

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

“Happy with the way I am playing”- Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza has been phenomenal in the 2021 tennis season so far. While she emerged as the winner of the Dubai Tennis Championships 2021, she ended up as the runner-up at the WTA Melbourne 500 2021 and at the Qatar Open 2021.

Because of this, she claimed that although she lost against Bianca Andreescu, she is happy with the way she is playing at the moment.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain waves to the camera after winning the second round Ladies Singles match against Lesia Tsurenko.  Day 3 of 2017 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 26, 2017, in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

“I take the positive of this great start to the year. I am happy with the way I am playing and I am already looking at the tournaments on clay,” concluded the World No. 13 player.

Garbine Muguruza is will be excited about the upcoming clay-court season and will look forward to winning some titles there as well. Will Muguruza be able to lift her third Grand Slam title at the French Open this year?

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