Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova failed to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. On Wednesday, she has lost the Harbin Mugurusi – 5:7, 3:6. More of our players in the single grids left.
OUTPUT MUGURUSI OUT OF ITS COMA
– You don’t feel like the last two years you were in a coma, and he withdrew from her and began to play like before?
I think “coma” is a harsh word. I would say easier – the last two seasons have been less successful than the previous one. But they did not become tragedy. And one I didn’t fall. The players happen difficulty. There are moments when not everything turns out. You just need to have patience and be able to ride it out. To stay, to remain in work. Not to give up. And sooner or later you will return to its previous form.
So of garbine Muguruza commented on the recent failures. And their results at this tournament. We really began to forget that the Spanish girl not so long ago won the “Roland Garros” (2016) and London (2017) and was the first racket of the world. Then began the destruction. In 2018, a native of Caracas fell from the second-ranked 18-th in 2019 – on the 38th. Titles, however, was one in every year. Both produced in Monterrey is a pretty prestigious tournament. I mean, really play tennis Muguruza not forgotten. But still his former self, it was like rare. And this Australian Open was not even in the planting.
So technically, technically, in their meeting with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova mistress was considered just a Russian. Though, because higher standing in the rankings (the 30th position). And besides, was held here of two former first rackets of the planet, and at the same time, the second current (Carolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber). Passed in the fight, but securely, confidently. And beautiful. Showing powerful tennis. Attacker. Bright. Simple numbers – in the third round against Czech Anastasia made 51 blow right through, with 41 unforced error, in a duel with a German – 71 “vinners” 36 misses. It is a magnificent figure! And, importantly, she kept battling in the key moments. Not droops when the opponent was making a break or win the game, which was lost 2:5 (remember the first set Kerber). And continued to take risks, to bend the line, and even add when necessary. Hence – and second consecutive quarterfinal at the Australian Open. And sixth for his career – all the “Big hats”.
So Yes, we had reason to hope that the match with Muguruza will be held in the same vein. However, unfortunately, it did not happen.
EIGHT FATAL DOUBLE
Not even helped Sam Sumyk is the new coach of Anastasia, who began to work with her since September, and before that four years has collaborated with Garbini. And it was the Frenchman led her to all the successes as before these results led Vika Azarenka. Who better could explain Pavlyuchenkova how to deal with Mugurusi? What is its weaknesses? In what points to hit on the court to the Spaniard didn’t manage to balls?
– By the way, Yes, it is a serious factor, – admitted the Russian. But, after all, on the court I’m on my own. And it all depends on my decisions.
In principle, all necessary for reaching the semifinals Anastasia had. Excellent presentation, and confidence in a wide Arsenal of punches in the attack. And with the character of the full order. With the physical form. However, watching her victories in Melbourne, we could have missed that of Wind struck no less. She also had the difficult grid. But the fifth racket of the planet – Elina Svitolina – it passed, without actually noticing (6:1, 6:2). And with the ninth number – the Dutchwoman Kiki of Bertens – managed without any problems (6:3, 6:3). That is, the Spaniard has clearly gathered a good form. And the confidence she had.
But the fate of the quarter-finals decided not even that. In the first game Anastasia not particularly looking for a competitor. And did what can – actively attacked, kept in the shootout crosses, found the right moments for completing strikes. Quickly ran, well took. Even once played the forehand with the left hand when Garbine caught the Russian on the run. And won in this episode! This brings the fruits of tennis – Pavlyuchenkova makes the first break and pulled ahead in the score. But to build on the success not obtained. Because mistakes happen.
And most importantly – it was supposed to serve. Permanently. The stark statistics of the match just 3 points, won on the second ball (for the whole meeting!). And 8 double faults. The total number of outs and bumps in the mesh performed Pavlyuchenkova – 26. For 18 “winnerrow”. That’s the only difference compared to previous games against Kerber and Pliskova.
Muguruza, on the contrary, the farther, the better it looks. Neatly collects the errors of the opponent. And gradually turns into a “killer court”. Unstoppable. And merciless. So she manages to play a double-break in the first game, and then win the set 7:5. And to build on their success in the second with the score 6:3. All athletes have met on the court only half an hour. And Pavlyuchenkova had to admit defeat.
Six times in his career, Anastasia has played in the quarterfinals on the “Helmet”. And for the sixth time lost.
– I messed up the supply – recognizes Russian woman. – It is insulting and stupid, but it happens. Usually, when doing a couple of double, just forget about them and fight on. But this time, I fixated on this. And every time he went for submission after making the break, I thought, “Oh, again… What to do?”. Therefore, continued to be wrong.
– I was not surprised by the game Mugurusi – continued Pavlyuchenkova. – I felt in control. Of course, it is strongly pressed at the reception, so I had to risk the second ball, not to give her light blows. But for some reason I completely lost my rhythm. Began to fail and I’m a little “crushed” unnecessary thoughts and emotions. In the end, things have gotten worse. It was nice to reach the quarterfinals. But I am very upset with the defeat. As you know – I had a chance to go further. But nothing. Need to get something from this match. To highlight the good moments. To draw conclusions from the mistakes. And move on. The season has just begun.