Why Muguruza's US Open loss is not an upset

Muguruza's loss to Kvitova may seem like an upset (particularly for some of the press) but we beg to differ. We weigh in on why...

Petra Kvitova may not be as promising or presently famous as Muguruza is - given her rather poor performance in the past 2 years - but she is a formidable competitor in her own right. Her win against Muguruza might just be the sign that she is starting to put the effects of mononucleosis, gastronomical illness and a robbery-induced injury to the hand (which have caused her performance to plunge for last 2 years) behind her.

Petra Kvitova has the game needed for success on the fast courts of Flushing Meadows. She is notable for her fast and well-placed serves, and powerfully struck ground-strokes on both the forehand and backhand. Although her movement and concentration skills may be a hindrance to her ability to perform at the optimum level, she has made herself comfortable standing near the baseline to make up for that - to kill before she is made to move a terrible lot. Her powerful and aggressive (ferocious would be a more accurate descriptor) playing style has brought her far in grand slams. She has reached the semifinals of the Australian and French Opens, and have won 2 Wimbledon titles. What is interesting is that she has historically, done the poorest at the US Open amongst the grand slams - her best result here before this year's having been the 2015 tournament in which she reached the quarter-finals. That could be saying something...