Garbine Muguruza: I wasn’t going to let Barbora Krejcikova beat me easily

Former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza admitted she wasn’t happy with the way she started her WTA Finals clash versus Barbora Krejcikova but she was glad she managed to raise her level and end on the winning side.

Muguruza, ranked at No. 5 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat French Open champion Krejcikova 2-6 6-3 6-4. 

“I think I started the first set not playing great,” Muguruza said, per the WTA website. “In the second set the crowd really helped me. I said before and I really mean it, because they cheer me up. I realized that, hey, I’m not leaving this court without changing things around at least or give Barbora the biggest fight.”

Muguruza put a big focus on her serve after the first set 

Muguruza dropped her serve three times in the first set but only once in the rest of the match. 

“I felt like in the first set I wasn’t doing enough,” Muguruza said. “Every time I served she would break me or I would not dominate. I feel like the serve is such a weapon here in the altitude. I had to do something different. I concentrated a lot on making those first serves at least so I could hold my serve, then try to break her. That was definitely a key today.”

Muguruza is a big fan of the WTA Finals being staged in Mexico, Latin America. 

“I tell myself I’m in Mexico,” she said. “I love it here. This is the final push. I’m going to give everything I have left on every single match. No matter if it’s ugly the score or whatever. I always have a chance because I’ve played all of them, I’ve beaten some, lost to some.

“It’s really very open. You never feel like you don’t have a chance right now. So that’s where I get my fuel. I’m very excited to keep my options alive.”

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