Wimbledon champion Muguruza confident despite Birmingham defeat

Doug Mendoza
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. I wish I would play more matches.

The top-seeded Spaniard struggled in windy conditions against the tenacious Czech, who has won their last three encounters on grass.

Birmingham had, up until last year, been a awful tournament for the Spaniard with two first round losses before she finally hit her groove last year, reaching the semi-final. "I'm going to practice more to get ready for Wimbledon (in 11 days)".

But Muguruza, who lost only one set on her way to the Wimbledon title last year, says her preparations are on track for this year's tournament, which starts on 2 July.

"She didn't let me really get into the match", the top-seeded Muguruza said.

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Although Muguruza lost in Birmingham past year too, she played four useful warmup matches against two this time. I think her style of game suits very good the surface. "I think she played well". This is not a Grand Slam final.'"When it was deuce, I had in my mind, 'Oh, my God, I had to put first serve in, '" Strycova continued.

Fourth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova, twice a Wimbledon champion and the victor in Birmingham past year, took the first four games against Russian Daria Gavrilova on the way to a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 victory.

Gavrilova won their last two matchups being persistent and mobile enough to contain Kvitova's uncompromising hitting. Barbora plays very good on grass.

"My serve was a very big key today and it helped me a lot in the big moments".

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova plays a shot during her tennis match against Australia's Daria Gavrilova during day four of the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018.

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