Muguruza crumbles against 'shaking' Strycova in Birmingham

Carrie Guzman
June 24, 2018

She fared slightly better in Birmingham and looked to have turned things around when she broke for 4-2 in the second set only to lose four games in a row and the match 6-2 6-4. Many fans will cast their mind back to the big loss at the Australian Open in 2016, where Muguruza managed just five games and in their most recent completed match, Strycova routed Spaniard with the loss of just one game, so mentally Strycova had something to work with going into this Birmingham encounter. "I mean the pressure is there, I played well so far this season so far, so of course the expectation is a little bit different but I'm still thinking like it's a good preparation for "Wimby", it's great to be on the grass again". So I was like, 'Okay, you have to play by yourself.

"It went so quick and I was serving well, almost two aces and I was 40-0 and I was shaking", Strycova said at her press conference. The Czech talked about her game in length and discussed why top Czech players like Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova among many are notable grass court players in their own right.

Muguruza lost in the semifinals here past year but at least gained four useful warmup matches before Wimbledon.

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"I get this question very often and I can't answer. But my serve has always been a weapon, and I've been working a lot on it". I was very happy that I pulled through somehow."Strycova faces Lesia Tsurenko in the quarter-finals after the Ukranian defeated Daria Kastakina 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 later in the day".

Earlier, defending champion Petra Kvitova beat Daria Gavrilova, a troublesome opponent in the past, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals.

She next faces Julia Gorges or Nottingham Open victor Ashleigh Barty. "But with a big serve and big forehand, she can really play on the grass, but we'll see".

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