July 5, 2018 / 9:46 PM / 12 days ago

Fallen champion Muguruza unhappy with match scheduling

LONDON (Reuters) - Fallen Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was unhappy that her second-round match, a three-set defeat, had been scheduled as the last game on Court Two on Thursday.

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Muguruza was beaten 5-7 6-2 6-1 by little-known Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck in fading light.

The Spaniard shrugged at first when asked about the scheduling and, after a long pause, said: “I was ready to play, that’s it”, as if not wanting to give excuses for her loss.

But she went on to say she had been surprised to see where and when she was due to play.

“I always want to play on the bigger courts, but it’s just how the scheduling works, I can’t say anything now.

“There’s nothing I can do... to say something now makes no sense. It’s just what it is. That’s it. I played my match. It’s a good court, but... of course, bigger courts are nicer.

Muguruza said Van Uytvanck had played well while she was unhappy with her performance.

“She played big, took lots of risks and it worked for her. My level was not where I wanted it to be,” she said.

“She has a very good game for this surface. It was tough for me facing an opponent having a great day, and the match is slipping out of your hands a bit.

“I wasn’t thinking I had to defend anything, I was just thinking of trying to win.”

Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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