‘Took the Energy From the Crowd More’ – Rejuvenated Garbine Muguruza on the Change in Her Mindset This Year at Madrid Open 2022

Published 05/01/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 14, 2021 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza celebrates after winning her group stage match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit REUTERS/Henry Romero

Garbine Muguruza has been one of the most famous Spanish women’s tennis players and in her first tournament since the Indian Wells, she started on a strong note. Her first match at the Mutua Madrid Open which is also her home tournament was against Ajla Tomljanovic and the World No. 9 won the match with a 7-5 6-2 scoreline. The former World No. 1 had decided to skip Miami after her first-round loss to Alison Riske-Amritraj at Indian Wells to rest and prepare for the clay season.

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She is slated to meet Anhelina Kalinina from Ukraine in the next round.

Muguruza absorbed the crowds’ energy

The Spaniard is back after missing out on a few tournaments and said that she is feeling better than ever. She also mentioned how her home crowd helped her in securing the win. “I went out without a lot of expectation, not knowing with lack of matches how it was gonna feel out there, but that’s it,” Muguruza said after the win. “I took the energy from the crowd more this time than other years. In other years I can’t get over sometimes the nerves.

This is Garbine Muguruza’s 8th time in the main draw at Madrid, and she is looking to make it to the quarterfinals at the Caja Magica.

Garbine Muguruza is taking a different approach

After her first-round win, she said that the mini-break had helped her regroup and figure out what aspect of her preparations she needed to concentrate on more.

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“I felt like I needed it because I was training a lot, and my body was not really taking on the training… It was one pain here, one pain there. It was an accumulation of pain. I told my team, I think we should take 10 days at least off so I get to recover naturally my body,” the Spaniard said. She also mentioned that as soon as she stopped playing, her shoulder and her legs started to heal, and things started to fall back in place.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2022 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza arrives on court before her second round match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“The schedule, it’s pretty intense. So I felt nothing’s going to happen if I skip one or two tournaments if after I’m gonna come back and feel better,” she added.

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Here’s hoping this time her lucky time, and she manages to find her rhythm back on court, and can go back to doing what she does best- winning matches.

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Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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