Garbine Muguruza: I’m Not Ready To Compete, I Need To Start From Zero Again

by Tom Gainey | February 19th, 2016, 10:19 am
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After a strong finish to 2015, Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza has hit the skids once again. The 22-year-old World No. 5 is just 4-3 on the season with two of those wins in Fed Cup.

And she just lost in the opening round to Elina Svitolina at Dubai where she admitted after the match she’s lost in her game.

“I’m not really finding my game, so I think I have to rest a little bit and concentrate again and work hard and eventually come back to the tournament to play again,” Muguruza said.

“I think I’m not really ready to compete. I need to work a little bit more. My shots, my fitness. So we’ll see.”

Muguruza became an international sensation last year when she reached the Wimbledon final. But she went through a slump (1-3 record) before regaining form just after hiring Sam Sumyk as her new coach.

But she retired first round in Brisbane and in the third round at the Australian Open to Barbora Strycova. So injuries have also been an issue.

“I have had a lot of physical problems, sometimes the heel — well, before my plantar fascia was hurting,” she added. “I think I just need to start from zero again and kind of forget these couple of tournaments, I guess.

“I’m just not really worried, but I know what I gotta do. I think I’ll take my time to do it.”

Muguruza said she is undecided about playing Doha next week.

A year ago she was ranked No. 24 when she reached the Dubai semifinals.

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