Garbine Muguruza has reunited with Conchita Martinez as her coach for 2020 as she looks to turn around her horrid slide and the big question is if the Spaniard better her performance at the 2020 Australian Open.
Things looked good for Muguruza who had clinched her second Grand Slam title at the 2017 Wimbledon and went on to capture the number one WTA ranking. However, as she enters the new year and looks at what lies ahead at the Australian Open and beyond, Muguruza will know she is a rank outsider right now to win the first major of the season.
So much so that Bet365 are offering 33/1 for a Muguruza win at the Australian Open, a tournament admittedly she hasn’t done too well at even when things were going well for her. In her seven attempts at the Australian Open, Muguruza hasn’t gone beyond the quarterfinal and that was her only appearance at that stage of the competition.
What might work in her favour is her decision to sign up former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez as her coach, having had her as a consultant in 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately for Muguruza, things fell so drastically form-wise, she has been without a coach since her split with Sam Sumyk, who was her coach since 2015.
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Martinez was till recently the coach for Karolina Pliskova but they parted ways after a disappointing season for the Czech. Having started off as a semifinalist at the Australian Open in 2019, Pliskova didn’t make it past the fourth round at any of the other Grand Slams despite showing a lot of promise at the other lower-level tournaments.
Pliskova did finish the year ranked second behind Ash Barty but the lack of Grand Slam title wins would rankle. Her best showing at Grand Slams is a final at the US Open in 2016 but in the three years since, the Czech is yet to make it to the title-decider again. That is probably part of the reason why despite being second in the world, Pliskova herself starts off at 16/1 (with Unibet) to win the 2020 Australian Open.
— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) November 23, 2019
Serena Williams is a solid favourite to win the Australian Open, a long-awaited 24th Grand Slam, and she starts off at 11/2 (Bet365) just ahead of US Open winner Bianca Andreescu (7/1 with Bet365) . Andreescua had lifted her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2019 by defeating Williams in the final.