Friday, August 19, 2016

Muguruza and Pliskova advance in Cincinnati

.@KaPliskova is first through to @CincyTennis Semifinals!

Today, in the Cincinnati quarterfinals, 4th seed Garbine Muguruza defeated qualifier Timea Babos in straight sets. Later, talking with the press, Muguruza described her playing style: "I'm kind of a mix between the Spanish style and the east Euro girl style." Muguruza, when asked about her French Open win, said that she was highly motivated in the Roland Garros final by the way it felt to be a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2015.

She also spoke humorously and wisely about the times that she has appeared disgruntled on court, proclaiming that "everyone" (fans and media) like to use those occasions "to make noise." She also made it clear that the "noise" doesn't bother her.

Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, talked about her formidable serve. "I can serve big in the important moments," she said, but added that she needs to improve her serve percentage in Cincinnati. Plikova acknowledged that she doesn't serve as fast as the other tall players, but added that "I can place the serve anywhere I want." The Czech star said that she concentrates on her offensive game because "I can't run fifty times from the baseline."

Asked about whether she can transfer her intimidating "Fed Cup zone" into competing at other events, Pliskova said that she wishes it were possible. "I can come close," she said, but explained that there was really nothing like having the Fed Cup crowd cheer for her.

The 15th seed also talked a little about her interest in fishing, but said that she catching big ones wasn't a goal: "I'm just fishing around the Czech, so there are not big fishes."

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