Muguruza after a devastating loss against Kvitova

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday, September 3, 2022

Flushing Meadows, NY—After dropping a dramatic cliffhanger at Petra Kvitova on day 6, Garbiñe MuguruzaThe 2022 Grand Slam season is coming to an end. Despite making progress in New York and coming close to making the round of 16 on Saturday, the Spaniard fails to reach week two of a major in a full season for the first time since 2013.

She had two match points in the third set, with Kvitova serving at 5-6, but the 32-year-old Czech delivered into the clutch to send Muguruza packing. Kvitova has now won six games in a row against the Spaniard, but two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza takes the positive despite having a difficult day and a difficult season.

“I left everything on the pitch today,” Muguruza said. “I had my chances. Obviously I won match points, I was about to have another phase right now.

The Spaniard played a great game, but fizzled as nerves seemed to get the better of her. She attributed the fact that there were not enough match wins this year.

“I’m proud of my fighting spirit,” she said. “I’ve had some tough losses this year but this one definitely makes me feel like my fighting spirit was there, my tennis was there. I probably need a bit more confidence to play on those balls Also, not playing too many games, you know, I kind of felt that. I felt like she made a final so she was pretty confident on her serve and her groundstrokes.” Overall, I’m happy with what I showed on the pitch.”