Muguruza: Health is freedom
The desert posed some steep challenges Garbine Muguruza.
After a physical win in three sets against the third-placed Aryna SabalenkaMuguruza met Maria Sakkariwho swept them in Abu Dhabi earlier this year and was without the services of a coach Conchita Martinezserving the coronavirus quarantine at a hotel in Doha.
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The former No. 1 answered all questions that led to her second semifinals of the season at the Qatar Total Open in nine of the last ten games with Sakkari 6: 3, 6: 1.
The Spaniard in 16th place points to improved fitness to free her game.
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The fact that she is fitter has helped her play smarter by offering more options, said Muguruza, who improved to 12-3 in 2021.
"We worked on it for a long time, you know, like everyone else," said Muguruza. "But especially with my game, you know, try to be aggressive, try to be very fit.
"I think when you are fit your body is ready to play the way you want. It doesn't matter if you want to be aggressive, if you want to lag behind, if you want to run, right, not but if you are feel good physically, you can choose how you want to play. "
Fitness could be an important factor in Friday's semifinals as Muguruza takes on former number 1 Victoria Azarenka, who climbed a stiff back in the quarterfinals to beat the best-filled Elina Svitolina.
The couple have split up four previous meetings. When they last met on the hard court, Muguruza led 6-1, 3-1 in the Monterrey final when Azarenka retired.
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