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Garbine Muguruza trying not to dwell on her struggles.

Garbine Muguruza trying not to dwell on her struggles.



Disgusting Garbine Muguruza

Former world number one Garbine Muguruza refused to dwell on her slump after losing in the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Friday.

The third seed lost to Lidmila Samsonova 6-4, 6-2, this year’s worst result for the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Muguruza has failed to win more than two in any tournament this year and dropped out of the WTA top 10 earlier this month.

She is now ranked 12th in the world.

The Spaniard said she has “already recovered and is already looking forward to the next tournament” from her shock back-to-back defeat in 2022.

“I don’t think I should be too sad about it – I played well, she played better, and that’s it,” the Spaniard said.

“I don’t want to think too much, I want to move on. I’ve had worse losses where I didn’t think I played well, but this felt like I was there.

Muguruza, who won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon a year later, started the year ranked third but lost in the first round of six tournaments.

She “definitely felt at first that this year was going to be tough,” but she said, “I’m not afraid of a tough year.”

“I’m not saying it’s easy, but I’ve had the experience of not feeling too bad about it,” she said.

“I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs, so I have this strong wall that doesn’t bother me.”

Muguruza was the latest of the WTA Tour’s big names to fall at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Top seed Paula Badosa, US Open semi-finalist Caroline Garcia and Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina made early exits while Naomi Osaka crashed out of the second round on a stomach bug.

Samsonova will play Zhang Shuai in Saturday’s semi-finals after the Chinese veteran defeated Croatia’s Petra Martic 7-5 6-2.

Zhang said she had to save a match point before ousting Garcia in the last round and dig deep again to beat Martic, who has won 15 of her last 20 matches.

“It was not easy for me today because her tennis is so beautiful,” Zhang said.

She has everything so it was challenging for me not only technically but also mentally.

Rising Chinese star Zheng Qinwen booked her place in the semi-finals with a 6-4, 7-5 win over American Claire Liu.

The 19-year-old upset Badosa in the second round, where she will next face Russian number four seed Veronika Kudermetova, who beat Brazilian fifth seed Beatrice Haddad Mia 6-7(4/7), 7-6(8/6). ), 6-1

“I had to give everything I had to win this match,” Zheng said.

“The second set was very difficult, so I’m very happy to be able to finish the match in two sets. I am happy with my performance today.

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