“I was very nervous,” Garbine Muguruza heartbroken, yet positive after a shocking loss to Kaia Kanepi in French Open opener

The world number 10 has had a terrible 2022, winning only once in a row.

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Former champion Garbine Muguruza lost her second consecutive first-round match at the French Open on Sunday, falling to Estonian Kaia Kanepi 2-6 6-3 6-4, continuing her downward trajectory. Muguruza, who won the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2016 and reached the Roland Garros semi-finals the following year, was in cruise control in the first set when Kanepi clawed her way back into the match.

The decider was close, but Kaia Kanepi, 36, who has been to the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam tournament, took her opportunities and won when Muguruza committed an unforced error. Muguruza ended last year on a high note by winning the WTA finals, but the world number 10 has had a terrible 2022, winning only once in a row.

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“I’m a 100% sure that I’m going to get those wins”- Garbine Muguruza

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Muguruza lost after winning the first set for the fifth time in nine events. Afterwards, The 28-year-old Spaniard was at a loss to explain her decline. “I think I started very well, although the first couple of games I was start nervous, but I managed to turn them around and get the first set and be dominating,” she said after her defeat.

“In the second set, it was a moment where I hesitated maybe to close the match … get more dominant, and she came out with great tennis and managed to put me in a third set. The third set, I think it was a very good set. It could have [gone] both ways, I have a feeling,” the Spaniard added.

“I’ve had matches so much in control, but then it’s I don’t manage to close and it gets complicated. A match is a match and at the end, there’s only a winner. I feel that I’m training hard, I’m putting the work, I’m playing tournaments, trying to switch those moments, try to get more confident. We’re going to keep doing it. At some point, I’m a 100% sure that I’m going to go out there and get those wins that are slipping away right now from me,” Garbine Muguruza concluded on a positive note.

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