Garbine Muguruza beat Kim Clijsters within the Belgian’s first match since 2012, however the four-time main champion noticed some positives.
Kim Clijsters took solace in feeling like she had intervals of dominance towards Garbine Muguruza, who ensured the four-time main champion’s comeback started with a defeat.
Making her first look on the WTA Tour because the 2012 US Open, former world primary Clijsters fell to a 6-2 7-6 (8-6) defeat towards Australian Open finalist Muguruza within the first spherical of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
The 36-year-old dropped her first two service video games within the second set however managed to get issues again on serve and drive a tie-break, one thing she was pleased with regardless of her early exit.
Clijsters stated: “I felt clearly the second set was a giant distinction in comparison with the primary set. My timing within the first set, my footing, simply saved searching for it.
“I felt just a few occasions it was there, then it might be off just a few factors. At occasions I felt like I used to be shut. I used to be seeing the ball clear. Simply began studying her recreation higher, as nicely, getting used to her tempo a bit bit.
“Yeah, second set I felt I used to be actually within the match. I felt like for some time I used to be dominating a number of the factors.
“I believe that’s a great feeling to have, figuring out the best way I began the primary set after which the best way I used to be in a position to get again into that second set, with the kind of tennis I performed, it’s one thing that’s the optimistic about this match. I’ll take that with me for the following matches.
“I had a great feeling on the market. I do really feel a bit little bit of, I’m not going to say aid, however a sense that the tempo I can deal with.”
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Muguruza accepted she went into the match utterly not sure of what to anticipate, with Clijsters representing one thing of an unknown amount, although she is now anticipating the Belgian to trigger issues for loads of gamers.
“I believe she performed very nicely, particularly within the second set on the finish,” Muguruza stated. “It was very tight.
“I believe that is simply particular as a result of I didn’t understand how [Clijsters was] going to play. I do know she will be able to play unbelievable – she did sooner or later play [at an] unbelievable stage. I haven’t seen her play in so lengthy, so it’s like, ‘Okay, what’s going to occur?’
“I’m positive she’s going to get higher and higher, for positive, [and] give us quite a lot of bother.”
Clijsters’ fellow Belgian Elise Mertens was in motion earlier within the day and had considerably fewer points, cruising previous Wang Qiang in straight units.
Mertens wanted a bit over an hour to safe her development, finally operating out a cushty 6-Three 6-Zero victor – profitable the second set in simply 25 minutes.
World quantity 18 Alison Riske suffered a shock 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-Three defeat by the hands of Ons Jabeur, who arrange a second-round conflict with Simona Halep.
The Tunisian, who’s ranked 45th on the earth, finally got here out on prime and owed a lot to her potential to hit a winner, outscoring Riske 28 to 11 in that metric as she claimed a seventh profession win over a top-20 opponent.
Barbora Strycova got here by means of a prolonged encounter with 18-year-old Amanda Animisova, beating the American 6-3 (7-3) 2-6 6-Four over two hours and 33 minutes, benefiting from her opponent’s proneness to errors.
Marketa Vondrousova was the highest-ranked participant in motion on Tuesday, and he or she dispatched Anastasija Sevastova with relative ease, profitable 6-Three 6-2.