Wimbledon | Muguruza admits she should have handled it better
Its always tough to lose a match, more especially when you are a defending champion and you haven’t actually got into your stride in defence of that title.
The personable Garbine Muguruza suffered such a moment when she lost in the second round of The Championships to the unheralded Belgian Alison van Uytvank, who played out of her mind as the Spaniard acknowledged.
I just think it's a very tough match. We were running a lot. I think she was playing really good. So it was a little bit tough for me, you know, to have an opponent that is having a great day, and the match is slipping out of your hand a little bit Garbine Muguruza
“Yes, I think she played big today. She took a lot of risks, and it worked for her. I also think that my level today was not where I wanted it to be. That’s also why she could develop that kind of level. It’s a bit sad. But I think she played great.”
And when pressed, she believed she could have handled the situation better but she did feel that playing on grass is tough and her opponent had a good game for the surface.
Having scraped through to win a very tight first set, she looked set to forge ahead to a victory but only managed three games thereafter.
“I just think it’s a very tough match. We were running a lot. I think she was playing really good. So it was a little bit tough for me, you know, to have an opponent that is having a great day, and the match is slipping out of your hand a little bit.
“I was just thinking to go and win it [title] again. I changed a little bit the mindset. But, yeah, today didn’t go my way, honestly. That’s it.”
Scheduled to play the fifth game on Court No2, reporters wondered whether that had had any bearing on the result
“I was ready to play. That’s it. Nothing to say,” was her terse reply. “There’s nothing I can do. I mean, that’s what they decided. I follow the schedule. Of course, I wanted to play in bigger courts. It’s always my preference. But to say something now makes no sense. It’s just what it is. That’s it. I played my match. It’s a good court, but… Of course, bigger courts are nicer. But that’s it. It’s just how the schedule works. The players [who] are playing on Centre Court deserve it.”
The defeat will now go down in the Wimbledon Compendium as the worst loss by a defending Wimbledon champion since the great Steffi Graff suffered a similar humiliating defeat in the first round back in 1994.