Muguruza: “A lot is expected of me in Madrid and I don’t finish playing well”


The Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza has regretted not being able to meet the “expectations” that “people” have of her at the Mutua Madrid Open, where she has only reached the round of 16 once and where this Sunday she said goodbye in the second round against the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina (6-3, 6-0), and has recognized that the fact of not wanting to “let down” generates “tension” and is “negative” for her.

“I think many people expect a lot of things from me in this tournament, and I don’t finish playing well. This tournament is difficult for me, every time I come, I think ‘let’s see if this year is the year, let’s see if I can control my nerves and emotions,'” he declared at a press conference.

In this sense, he confessed that he has played “very rigid”. “I had a lot of tension in the first set, and in the second I couldn’t play my tennis like I do in other tournaments. I think it’s a mixture of trying to make expectations come true and not letting down all the people who are here supporting me,” he stressed.

“I think that’s negative for me. Every year I try to face it in a better way, every year I try to interact more with the public, but the truth is that it generates tension, and I can’t get my best tennis in this tournament,” he revealed.

About the duel, he stated that it was “strange”. “I think I had opportunities not to lose, but I couldn’t take advantage of them. She played very well, I’m surprised with her game, I didn’t know her at all,” she said about Kalinina, and assured that this is not a handicap in her preparation for Roland Garros. “The results come and go. Last year I had a very good season, the best, especially in terms of results and stability,” she added.

In another order of things, he assured that he is “fine”, despite the fact that he left the locker room with a bandage. “Physically I have felt a slight discomfort in my right calf and, as a precaution, I wanted to put a bandage on. I will talk to my team to see if we have to do some kind of test,” she said.

“I’m going to talk to my team. I have a few days to Rome to see how my calf is doing, but I’ll do a couple of tests so that we don’t go there with injuries so that nothing serious happens to me,” he concluded.

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