Just as many have predicted, given the history of French Open champions underdelivering at Wimbledon that follows shortly after, Garbine Muguruza‘s campaign at the grasscourt Grand Slam turned out to be very brief, as the Spaniard was sent home by world No.124 Jana Cepelova already in the second round.
From the outset Cepelova was on the front foot, directing play with an array of drop shots, as
Muguruza struggled to gain momentum in the early stages, got her serve broken in her first service game and allowed Cepelova to race to a 3-0 lead.
Muguruza’s miscues, double faults and unforced errors were evident throughout the first set, while Cepelova took full advantage of being the underdog and everything she touched turned to gold, so the Slovak took the first set 6-3.
Needing an instant response, Cepelova delivered another major setback to Muguruza by breaking her again at the start of the second set and continuing to dictate the play, racing to a 4-0 lead. Muguruza had a chance to break at 4-1 down, but failed to convert three break points and the last year’s finalist must have realized her last real chance of a comeback was gone.
Cepelova served for the match and unfazed, kept her composure to deliver the knockout blow to Muguruza and won convincingly 6-3 6-2. For Muguruza, ranked second in the world, this is a huge disappointment after winning the French Open and she has a lot of work to do before the Olympics. Meanwhile, Cepelova surges into the third round with a very impressive performance and could be a darkhorse to go deep into the draw. (photo: Jimmie48)