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Muguruza Revealed; Del Potro Practices; Mayer on Nadal

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What you didn’t know about Garbiñe Muguruza

Muguruza is getting a lot of attention after her second-round upset over Serena Williams, so it’s a good time to dig a little deeper. Born in Caracas to a Venezuelan mother and Spanish Basque father, she moved to Spain at age six.  Garbiñe, which means “Inmaculada” in the Basque language, became the Spanish Junior Champion at twelve. “I’ve spent my whole life training on clay, but my best results have been on faster surfaces because of my style of play.  My height [1,82/6'0] helps me be aggressive,” Muguruza said in 2013.  ”I’ve studied Serena Williams, who has always been my idol.”

This was prescient, as it was clear that Garbiñe had a game plan against Williams. She also mentioned that she admires Maria Sharapova’s “attitude, on and off the court.” “Immaculate” she surely was against Williams, and consolidated with a win today over Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia. She’ll face another surprise winner, the French qualifier, Pauline Parmentier, in the next round.

Del Potro Back on the Practice Courts

After surgery on his left wrist last March, Juan Martin Del Potro is back on the practice court. He says he’s mostly practicing drives and volleys, because he’s still wearing a splint on the left wrist. Here’s a video of his practice session:

Leonardo Mayer Hopes that Nadal is “Human” Tomorrow

Mayer spoke to the Argentine press about his chances against eight-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal tomorrow in the third round of the French Open. “I have the technique, but I’m not going to say it because [Nadal] might find out,” he said, laughing. (Mayer is 0-2 in their head-t0-head, and has yet to take as set off Nadal.) “I think it’s going to be difficult, but it can be done. And he’s human, at times.”

Cover Photo: Cover Photo (Creative Commons License): Marianne Bevis

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2 comments

  1. Great to hear Delpo is back on court.

  2. Having to train without the 2-hander, I wonder if it changes the ways he plays, when he comes back?

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Susan DePalma resides in New York City. She is a huge fan of Rafael Nadal and counts Marat Safin amongst past favorites.
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