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Garbine Muguruza shines in comeback win over Caroline Garcia at Qatar Open

Garbine Muguruza rallied from a set down to prevail 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 over Caroline Garcia at Qatar Open

tennis Updated: Feb 16, 2018 22:46 IST
Omnisport, Qatar
Garbine Muguruza,Caroline Garcia,Qatar Open
Garbine Muguruza defeated Caroline Garcia at Qatar Open.(Getty Images)

Garbine Muguruza produced an impressive comeback to beat Caroline Garcia in three sets and reach the semi-finals of theQatar Open.

Muguruza had failed to win successive matches in 2018 prior to straight-setswins overDuan Ying-Ying and Sorana Cirstea earlier this week.

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Yet the reigningWimbledon champion, who now has Conchita Martinez back in her coaching team,looked in fine form as she rallied from a set down to prevail 3-6, 6-1, 6-4on Friday, her powerful groundstrokesa tellingfactor.

The fourth seed in Doha said in an on-court interview:“It was a very tough match -6-4 in the third, it means a good battle, so I’m very happy.”

Garcia was able to dictate proceedings for much of theopening set, finding some delightful angles to prevent Muguruza from getting on the front foot as much as the Spaniard would have liked.

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However, after saving a break point at the start ofset two, Muguruza dramaticallyseized the initiative,reeling off 10 points in a row at one stage.

As her opponent gained increasing control through a typically aggressive approach, the previously assured Garcia was guilty of a number of basic errors.

To her credit, the Frenchwomanregained her composureat the start of the decider, but Muguruza nevertheless broke for a 3-2 lead thanks to a series of thumping backhands.

Although Garcia refused to give in, shefailed to capitalise on getting to 0-40 three games later and Muguruza duly completed victory with a love hold, earning a last-four meeting with Simona Halep or CiCi Bellis.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 22:46 IST