“I will value lower category tournaments more, it’s time to be humble” – Garbine Muguruza after Australian Open exit

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Garbine Muguruza’s first-round exit at the 2023 Australian Open came as an extension of her poor run over the last 12 months. The Spaniard has spiraled down the rankings ever since her impressive run at the 2021 WTA Finals in Guadalajara — where she lifted the trophy to propel herself back into the top-10.

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The Australian Open loss against Belgian Elise Mertens comes as the latest blow for Muguruza, who is now 0-3 in terms of the win-loss column for 2023. She had earlier suffered tough losses at the hands of Bianca Andreescu and Belinda Bencic in Adelaide.

Garbine Muguruza

Reflecting on her recent struggles in an interview with Eurosport, Muguruza said she will rethink her 2023 calendar and plan participation in tournaments based on her ranking. The Spaniard added that she valued the lower-rung tournaments and it was time for her to be “humble.”

“I will have to make a proper calendar with my ranking,” Garbine Muguruza said. “I’ll try to play the best tournaments too but when I can’t I’ll look at other lesser ones. I will value these type of tournaments. It’s time to be humble.”

Elaborating on her recent struggles, Muguruza said she felt that tension and fatigue had a big part in costing her some of the matches.

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The former World No. 1 went on to say that while she has played well in patches, her best tennis has evaded her in tight moments — adding that she needed to start closing out matches to regain her confidence.

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“I think it has been a mixture of tension and fatigue,” Garbine Muguruza said. “Physically I have noticed a downturn. The truth is that the key moments are costing me. I start playing well and then maybe I don’t show the highest level. It is necessary to be able to close these types of moments decisively.”

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