Muguruza looks unstoppabale

20120702.222922_wimbGarbine Muguruza is plowing through Venus Williams at the moment, up a set and a break and it looks like there is no way to halt this outrageously dominant display of power tennis by the Spaniard.

Muguruza showed a sampling of this unbeatable form vs Angelique Kerber earlier in the week and she has maintained the level.

You get the sense anything Venus throws at Muguruza it’s coming back with interest. Forehand, backhand, movement, precision, defense, everything is working successfully for Muguruza who should be moments away from achieving her second Grand Slam major singles title. And by the looks of what we are seeing today, plenty more are going to be hers for the taking.

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  • Scoop Malinowski · July 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

    and it’s over 75 60. This was as good as any ladies final at Wimbledon you will ever see.

  • Hartt · July 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    It was sad that the 2nd set was a bagel. After that terrific first set I thought the 2nd would be closer. I was hoping for a Venus win today because realistically, I think it is her last chance at a major.

    But I like Muguruza’s game, she is not allergic to the net, which is a nice change. I hope she can continue to play well, the WTA can use a strong competitor.

  • catherine · July 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Agree Scoop – result I predicted ! Just felt Garbine was too strong, younger, fitter, would put everything into it.

    I also think Muguruza won this in her match v Kerber – that was a tough one and she came through. From then on she seemed the most focussed and concentrated.

    Symmetry ?
    Muguruza runner-up in 2015 to Serena
    Winner in 2017
    X runner-up in 2016 to Serena
    In 2018 ?

    No, it won’t happen.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Muguruza, Wimbledon champion. Something that, on January first if this year, I couldn’t have imagined, or on July 1st either. A complete flop out in Turkey as well as Mallorca, is that right, at the grass tune ups? Now, like Kerber, who she vanquished, a two time slam champ? Breaking out of the I won the French Open just like a lot of random players have?
    I can’t believe it. Yet here we are: GARBINE MUGURUZA, WIMBLEDON CHAMPION.
    It almost feels as if order has been restored on the wta tour this wacky free for all year.
    Haha nope! Look for another free for all this summer.
    Sorry for Venus, maybe taking out Konta, who has had Venus’ number, was too much in an already emotional tournament given the distress she’s in. An outstanding run to make another Wimbledon final.

    Hats off to Muguruza. I wrote her off every month, fund a lot not to like about her game. Frown at her modest runs this year. Wimbledon champion. Congratulations on a well earned run to her. She’s now in the Hall of Fame first ballot. Outdoes her mentor Conchita Martinez. Puts herself in the running for possibly a few more slams and maybe even beating Sharapova in the slam count.
    This sport changes fast when it changes…

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 11:14 am

    And we’ve found a new route to success in grass season. First, see the tune up pre Wimbledon tournaments as mere Childs play and practice. If you need to lose 6-1 6-0 to make your flight later that afternoon, tank it like Muguruza. Or, like Nadal, just don’t play any tune ups and coast on your good form and availability of nearby grasscourts. Eat Spanish tortillas and seafood and be happy.
    Don’t do what Lopez did and by all means don’t win any tune-ups, especially if you are female in the wta tour! Don’t get career high wins before the main event. In a sentence, don’t pull a Sevastova. Tune ups mean zero.
    In fact, if you do play a tune up and you don’t have it in you to lose early and tank like there’s a tomorrow, lose in the final. You’ll have that bitter taste of losing in your mouth and try harder at Wimbledon, and you’ll probably get the quarters or better.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

    And with that…Cilic, 2017 Wimbledon champion. He didn’t win a tune up so I’ll take him in this winning before Wimbledon means losing at Wimbledon season.

  • catherine · July 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I hope Muguruza keeps up her standard of play and lifts the rest of the WTA up with her.

  • scoopmalinowski · July 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Venus played tremendous tennis in the fiest set. The key pts were all long physical rallies that were earned. Venus easily couldve won the first set. Marvel of a set. Venus just could not sustain that impossible level in second set. Kerber vs Muguruza was the key match of the tournament.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Muguruza keep it up? Haha. No, she should take it easy. She should prep and then tank in the summer and then win us open. The tennis world used to go after the Williams for their light schedule that prioritized the slams. Now Muguruza took a page out of it and updates it, slack off at tune UPS and save your best for the slams.

  • catherine · July 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Yes – that match had two major effects – first, Garbine came through and put all those mediocre pre-Wimbledon results behind her, and second – Angie discovered she could play again.

    For the future – who knows ? But as far as the competition goes I can’t see Simona living with Muguruza on form and I can’t picture Pliskova staying No 1 for a decent stretch.

    Oh and I wish Garbine had held the trophy high up above her head, like Serena and other champions have done. That pose says ‘I’m the best !’

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Wta is in chaos. I think the two most important players in recent tennis memory, in terms of shaking up the tour, have been Wawrinka in 2014 with his australian title and Pennetta in 2015 with her us open title. Both flung open the doors to ATP and WTA glory. Even if on the men’s tour the big four retain a chokehold on majors for the most part, it’s no mistake that Cilic is in another slam final and Querrey has been carving out a nice spot alongside past USA men’s players, like Mal Washington and David Wheaton (both of who had semifinal or better slam runs, even Todd Martin with his wimbledon semifinal and us open final). On the wta tour, it’s no mistake and no fluke that Pennetta won the us open in 2015, showing other women’s players that you too can win a slam, no matter if you’re toiling somewhere in the top 50, just keep at it.
    They’ve proven it.
    Again the men’s tour still has the big four on top. But don’t you think Federer felt a little lonely looking around and seeing that there were three other guys whose names aren’t Djokovic, Murray, Nadal in the final four of a slam?
    I think so. This wta free for all is going to show up on the men’s tour. It already is.

  • catherine · July 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Andrew – what if Serena returns next year, baby in tow, back in top form ? It’ll be business as usual in WTA.

    Myself, I don’t see it – don’t see Serena coming back to dominance but the possibility is there – she’s not retiring.

    ATP – so much depends on the form, or not, of Djokovic and Murray. And how long Federer wants to go on picking his tournaments.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Catherine, Serena’s at a slam per year pace. If other players win three to her one per year it’s still WTA chaos. Azarenka’s comeback has been underwhelming, Kvitova’s has been emotional and I give her a pass, poor girl. Sharapova’s was “exciting” and now ranks at the underwhelming level. Radwanska is ready to leave the tour with her beau. Venus had an amazing run for sure.
    So we get chaos. Kerber made her mark in this chaotic era, following on Pennetta. Muguruza took that cue, grabbed two slams herself. Konta, even Vesnina! have pushed themselves out there, Konta more so of course as she has more oomph and drive (much as I love Safarova and Vesnina…).
    I hold it’s chaos. Kerber, others would do well to make their mark and make a big one, as in grab a or another slam while you can because the only obstacle isn’t a fierce champion in your way, just how much desire you have and whether you can put that to use.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Yes in the men’s side you have Nadal, who I tend to see losing the slam he nearly always wins and winning the slam he more often than not loses. The big four are still the champions with more of the keys to slams, but not all of them anymore. Just the majority of them. I still cant help but feel it must be a somewhat foreign sensation foe Federer to look around himself at this stage and say wow, I didn’t think the other three guys would be these three. Even if he’s seen Berdych and Cilic in the final four before.

  • catherine · July 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Actually, I don’t see anything really wrong with the WTA’s ‘chaos’ – it’s just more of a level playing field and more players have the chance to grab titles before the next dominant player comes along – it’s happened before.
    As long as the quality is there – that’s what matters.

    Hartt – if you see this – is Muguruza playing Roger’s Cup this year ? I can’t find any information.

  • Hartt · July 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    She is on the players list. It is a strong field, with Kerber leading it. Venus is on the list as well. They have been using Kerber, Venus and, of course, Genie, in the TV ads. Ironically, both Genie and Sharapova have WCs.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Catherine, I agree the chaos I speak of is fine, just that I don’t see as much of the Henin-like or past Serena-like commitment. I’m used to more formidable champions outside of the French Open, playing evenly consistently and in a more committed form than today’s”don’t quite feel like it this tournament” fashion. Aka more like the big four, five guys on the ATP, less like the crew heading up the wta.

    I disagree about the nothing wrong with it, I think there’s a lot wrong with some of the tanking going on – like Muguruza’s 6-1 6-0 loss a few weeks ago in Turkey, right? So strange, as I was more used to, say, a 6-0 6-0 scoreline between Henin and Graf and anyone on the other side of them. Venus too had been like this in early 2000s, Serena too in more recent years, some inexplicable losses but more even play in comparison.

    So ill celebrate wins from Vesnina, but I’m not enthralled with some of the Tomic like tanking.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Do the ends justify the means? Maybe, but kind of weird.

  • catherine · July 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Yes – it’s true that WTA players seem to be more inconsistent than in the past – I don’t know why. Do they play more events ? Do they play tournaments they don’t really want to ? I don’t know enough about WTA rules and regs etc to make a comment on that and the circuit has changed a lot since I was last in touch with these things.
    Is there too much travelling ? Yes is the probable answer there but can’t see there’s anything to be done about it.
    Let’s see what happens in the next big post W’don events. Will Muguruza flop in Roger’s Cup ? Will Angie ? Will Bouchard win ?

  • Ryan B · July 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm


    When do you plan to be in Newport this coming week?

    Let’s hit if able

    Look forward to catching up

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Catherine, I’m going to be fair to the players and give them benefit of doubt. Venus Williams, in some ways as a server and volleyer and all time great Navratilova, is formidable at any age. Muguruza deserves all the glory, this is her day, she really made history.
    However, I’m still miffed and bewildered when I see elite players put in poor efforts. We saw Tomic put in an awful effort here. I’ve noted one off tanking from Coric at other tournaments. And we know WTA players, our newly minted wta star, among them. If a player is sick they ought to forfeit the match before playing. If they don’t need to be at the tournament and are collecting an appearance fee, which is their right, and lose early out of not trying, I still find it poor form for men’s and women’s tours. Agassi had put this kind of poor effort in before in the past, for dubious reasons, in his early 20s and mid 20s. Henin retired, out of dubious nonsense reasons, in an Australian final to Mauresmo, denying some glory. I cant stand it!
    So, yes, it remains to be seen here if Muguruza feels some obligation to push herself at this level and show this isn’t just making up for a past title she missed.

    Whatever her woes Kerber tried hard out there, I don’t remember her putting in a 6-1 6-0 loss as a top seed. I haven’t seen Konta do this either, whatever technical flaws in her game – she gives crowds their ticket value, plays her heart out.

    Would like to see the top players take on the burden. Not too much to ask. It’s why the big four on men’s tour are beloved.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Even if crowds turn on Djokovic. Can’t say the man hasn’t pushed hard. He’s done himself in with bad judgment lately, not not trying.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Maybe there’s a story behind that wacky lopsided loss for Muguruza. I don’t know.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    And other players had their chance to knock her out at Wimbledon, so well done Garbine.

  • Chazz · July 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Williams was tired near the end of the first set after those long rallies. You could clearly see it. Muguruza looked more fit, and her second set rout was largely due to that.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Not sure how Venus came unglued. But these days the match belongs to whoever keeps their foot on the pedal.

  • catherine · July 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    What did Garbine say after her match ?
    ‘I always come very motivated to the Grand Slams.’

    I think you have it there Andrew – some players just aren’t that motivated in other tournaments, although they’d deny it if you asked them outright. They know a loss there won’t be the end of the world. They don’t want to get injured, overtired etc. They can get away with it.

    I agree I doubt Kerber has ever pulled that one, or a few others I can think of, but some, definitely, and that used to happen years ago too. Just too much tennis.
    You start losing badly and it’s so easy to let the match slip away.
    And this summer there were too many retirements and withdrawals at pre-Wimbledon events – a bit ridiculous. Some more serious attention paid to scheduling might help avoid that and also avoid some of those less-than-serious efforts.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Venus was playing superb tennis in the first set it was not enough. I think she realized she couldn’t play any better and then Garby actually did raise her level. Vee made her earn it and she earned it. If Garby had a hiccup late in the first Venus would have taken advantage and won the set, very very close set,

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Ryan B -monday to thursday -see you up there – 201 218 0811

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Catherine, Garbine’s take does it. Slams matter and everything else, kids play. Unfortunately ill likely see most players outside slams. Seems this only happens for the elite players, who can maintain the top 15 ranking and have the flexibility to put in their best efforts or not.
    And you have fans like me saying the slams matter more than everything.
    Maybe I’ve got this wrong.

  • Andrew Miller · July 15, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Maybe Rios does belong in the hall of fame.

  • catherine · July 16, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Andrew – you haven’t got it wrong – Slams do matter more than anything,whatever else anyone may say.
    Do you think Simona will be glad to retire without her name on one of them ? However many congratulations she’s got from Cahill for gracious losing speeches :)

    BTW – you can get into the Hall of Fame without winning a Slam – but they don’t equate, in my view.

  • catherine · July 16, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Good mixed doubles final with Watson and J Murray on opposite sides of the net.
    Mixed always an entertaining close to the main W’don action on C Court.

    I read a funny anecdote about Heather and Jamie M at the Rio Olympics – Jamie had booked his room, left his stuff there and went away, Heather turned up, took the room and tossed Jamie’s belongings outside. Matter amicably resolved – maybe a booking muddle.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2017 at 8:49 am

    We have to remember Venus is 37. That # is probably why she ran out of gas and lost. Young legs usually beat old legs.

  • Andrew Miller · July 16, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Maybe Federer’s old legs will give out today and Cilic will say see ya old man!

  • catherine · July 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Also, as we know Venus suffers from an auto-immune condition which can be triggered by stress and clearly was this time. I think she has shown tremendous courage continuing to play and to reach the Wimbledon final at 37 is an astonishing achievement.

    There were a couple of comments from British media persons complaining that Venus didn’t seem sufficiently interested in their inane post match questions or give the hacks the respect they feel they deserve, for just sitting there. Disgraceful.

  • Andrew Miller · July 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Muguruza played like Wimbledon champion yesterday and has almost the entire tournament. She’s been prepping for this a long time, since the loss last year. And she does have the ability to play at her higher level for a long time.

    Maybe this summer will bring more fireworks yet. Though I have said the wta is chaos, and I believe that because the very top players haven’t been able to do much at slams or even at most Masters, and haven’t been convincing in their results on top of the sport – there have been MANY fine matches on the wta this year. Tons of them. But here we are again, three slams and three unique winners <- which in comparison with the changing men's tour, is chaos.

    On the wta, the younger guard hasn't overthrown the old guard but they beat them and good players are having shots at greatness. On the men's tour the younger players are getting closer to the doorstep but being shut out of most opportunities for greatness. Expect more Pennettas hoisting huge slam trophies!

    Kirilenko probably wishes she never retird…

  • Andrew Miller · July 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I’m wrong on this stuff. The Wimbledon trophy belongs to the player that rightfully wins it. It doesn’t relate at all to whether a player wins or loses a tune up or tanked in eastbourne or anything like that. Muguruza took the quote to heart to treat winning and losing in the same way, dust yourself off after each bout.
    She’s a lot better player than I give credit to.

  • Hartt · July 16, 2017 at 9:46 am

    In terms of Slams, maybe it is not so much that the women are inconsistent but that the Big 3 (or 4) have been insanely consistent over the years. If a couple of them are having an off season (with injury or whatever), there are at least 2 who can take up the slack.

  • catherine · July 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Hartt – for much of the pro era the women’s circuit has always been this way – 2 or 3 at the top, and if they aren’t around, the trophies just go to the next best and that can be one of several.
    If Serena hadn’t been unexpectedly removed from competition after the AO we might be having a rather different conversation :)

    Andrew – of course Muguruza is a good player – she was runner-up not last year but 2015 when she was 21 or so.
    You made a point that your chance to see the best players is outside the GSs so if top players flop out of those tournaments then it’s hard on the fans, I agree.

    Men’s final looks like 3 sets at the moment -

  • catherine · July 16, 2017 at 11:05 am

    And so it was.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Andrew; She played her best when it mattered most.

  • Andrew Miller · July 16, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Scoop speaks truth on Muguruza, as Scoop said, she played her best when it mattered most. She really did. She outlasted Venus in that first set, where Venus had her chances. And that was the ballgame! That it isn’t Halep there with the trophy in hand, is just my sour grapes :)

  • Andrew Miller · July 16, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Yep Carherine, Muguruza is a fine player. Now she’s right there with Kerber with two slams, and she and Kerber combined have same number of slams as Serena Williams from 2015 onwards. So that’s a real change in women’s tennis. Not as chaotic as I make it out to be: one super champ and many satellite challengers getting their fair share and building hall of fame careers right in front of our eyes. Even Konta’s and Coco rising is because there’s an opportunity to grab a slam that wasn’t available when Azarenka, Serena, Sharapova, etc were out there pushing everyone around!
    So to that good on these players for taking advantage. Maybe Maddie Keys and others will see it too and try to make their mark now. Today’s about desire and it’s paying off for those who hate losing more than they love winning.

  • Andrew Miller · July 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Unspoken in all of this: Conchita Martinez adds a presence there that Muguruza can’t overlook. Whatever it is Muguruza probably has more pressure to meet Conchita’s expectations out there. Obviously a matchup of a hall of famer and a future hall of famer that worked very well. Muguruza officially moves ahead of Myskina, Ivanovic, Majoli, Sabatini, and other one slam wonders. If she gets another, or if Kerber does, she’s going to have a chance to top Kvitova, Capriati, Clijsters etc. Go down as even more formidable champions.

    What a difference one tournament makes. You wonder who’s watching and taking notes. It does make the us open more exciting.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Andrew; I was awed and I wrote it too, totally awed by that Muguruza vs Kerber match and the level and how well BOTH played. Muguruza sustained that impossible level and raised it vs Venus. She had to because Venus was on fire in that first set. Muguruza could take over the sport now if she can sustain this level and passion for playing and winning. She could also take the next train to Monica Puigville :)

  • catherine · July 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I have an awful feeling that Angie’s Wimbledon match v Muguruza is going to go down as her Finest Hour.

  • Andrew Miller · July 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Scoop, that was funny! The train to Monica Puig-Ville hopefully is full and forces Muguruza and other competitors to keep pushing!!! Yeah I cant myself make predictions with any accuracy this year. But like you said a tournament belongs to whoever brings their best tennis for a week or two and keeps the pedal on the gas.
    Given how well she’s been playing I’d love to see Coco make a run. Even Konta. Or TP poster child, Halep. If there’s going to be a free for all why not have Cirstea go for a slam title herself? Or Ostapenko make it two slams for her first two tournaments?

    I guess it’s better to have fun with this rather than hope for the reemergence of a big four on the women’s tour. As they say appreciate what ya got!

  • Andrew Miller · July 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Or the comeback of Sloane Stephens. Ok this has officially become pie in the sky stuff for me. The wish list is long now that we have an anything goes women’s tour.

  • catherine · July 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Muguruza will now be as celebrated in Spain as Kerber was in Germany. Slump ahead.

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