Majestic Muguruza keen to avoid Bouchard fate

Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:36pm EDT
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Garbine Muguruza and Eugenie Bouchard share many similarities, having taken women's tennis by storm in their respective breakout years.

But Spain's Muguruza is hoping that her "second-season" form does not follow that of her Canadian rival, who has struggled to maintain the standards she set in 2014.

Like Bouchard before her, the talented 22-year-old has enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season, reaching her first grand slam final and qualifying for the WTA finals with some aggressive tennis.

But while Wimbledon finalist Muguruza powered past Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-4 in impressive style to make it two wins from two at the eight-woman end-of-season event in Singapore on Wednesday, Bouchard was no doubt already wishing for 2016.

After a standout 2014, in which she reached the Wimbledon final and Australian and French semis, ending the year seventh in the world, the 21-year-old Canadian has won just 12 matches this year and fallen to world number 48.

When Muguruza was asked how far she might be able to go in the game, the Venezuela-born rising star was understandably mindful of the difficulties the Canadian had encountered.

"It's an example of something that can happen, obviously," world number three Muguruza told reporters.

"I think it's hard to manage a lot of things. I saw an example in Genie. It's not a good example. But hopefully, I can manage better these kind of situations and avoid, a little bit, my spirit going down (and) try not to let this happen to me."   Continued...

Tennis - BNP Paribas WTA Finals - Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub - 28/10/15
Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning her round robin match
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