Tennis Identity

Will There Be Dancing?

There is something about Garbiñe Muguruza that has a touch of Audrey Hepburn about her. She is tall, graceful, elegant, and exceedingly beautiful. When she takes to the court you have the impression she is more ready for a ball, but of a very different kind, as her pristine white dress hugs her figure. I have a feeling, should she win, some dancing might just happen.

Muguruza is playing as much to hold on to the trophy as a place in the top ten. If she loses, she will see her ranking drop to 16. Ouch. She hasn’t done a lot of winning this year, in fact, she has struggled with form and when she lost the first set 7-6, one sensed the obituary writers having a field day.

Muguruza must have sighed over breakfast as she was reminded she was playing Anett Kontaveit. Kontaveit is not a household name, but the Estonian plays tennis to a very high standard, and can match anyone on tour for playing the pressure points well. She did exactly that, when she lost no time in taking the first set with a crushing down the line backhand winner, and Muguruza was not even close. The crowd sensed yet another upset on the cards.

The current world no 5 Muguruza is nothing, if not determined, however, and it was that, combined with raising her game that clinched the very closely fought second set 6 4. The standard of tennis was phenomenal in this set and into the third it was just the same. Muguruza fought and fought for every point and with each point she was getting louder.

Her break came in the third at 2-2 when a few careless shots by her opponent gave her the moment she was waiting for. Suddenly an urgency in her game was evident, as she lost no time to serve it out and took the set.

When she won she raised her hands in the air as if this was the final. She can be forgiven for thinking just that. This was the match of the tournament thus far and certainly worthy of a grand slam final.

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