Garbine Muguruza has been playing incredible tennis since the beginning of this season. Spaniard ended her two years of title drought last month. She is favourite to lift the title wherever competing at this moment.
Muguruza has a win-loss record of 22-6 so far. She has managed to reach three finals this year and claimed a title at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.
Earlier this month, the two-time Grand Slam Champion competed at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston. But, she withdrew from a green clay event during the round of 16 match due to a left knee injury.
After two weeks of break, Muguruza begins her European clay-court swing at her home tournament, Mutua Madrid Open. She arrived in Madrid earlier than usual to adapt to the technical differences and hopes to perform well in front of home crowds.
“I’m The First Person To Put Myself Under Pressure”: Garbine Muguruza on Key To Success
In the pre-tournament press conference, the former World No.1 was asked, what has been the reason behind her recent success in the WTA Tour?
Garbine Muguruza explained, “There was a change when I was having a very hard time on the court. I realised that there was no need to punish myself so much and have a hard time. And I told myself to let whatever happens to happen. I’ve been working on that for a while.”
“I’m the first person to put myself under pressure and have high expectations of myself. It got to the point that it was affecting me so much that it was working against me. I told myself, ‘I’m going to play the way I have to play. If I train well, my moment will come.”
“It was simply a case of lowering my expectations, being humble when things don’t go my way. I took everything very hard.”
“Now I’m more relaxed in that respect, not so worried about playing well or badly. I can have a bad day, and I don’t lose control of my emotions. Now I accept it and deal with what I have. In that sense, I channel it now”.
Muguruza Begins Madrid Campaign With Sloane Stephens
Muguruza has been competing in the Madrid Open since 2014. While Spaniard has no remarkable records in singles, she reached the doubles final with her compatriot Carla Suarez Navarro in 2014.
The 2016 French Open champion continued, “Every year I’ve come here, I’ve played very good matches, and a few have slipped through my fingers. I will be happy if I go far in the tournament.”
“I’ve played well in previous years. I’ve had matches decided with 7-5 or 6-4 in the third set. And I’ve drawn tough matches. I don’t remember exactly what my best result is here, but I haven’t got very far. I’ll try and get far in the tournament, of course”.
In the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, No.10 seed Garbine Muguruza will lock horns with former US Open champion Sloane Stephens in her opening encounter.