Garbiñe Muguruza: “I Am Just The Same Girl; I Don’t Think Changing Is Going To Help Me”

Garbiñe Muguruza: “I Am Just The Same Girl; I Don’t Think Changing Is Going To Help Me”

Garbiñe Muguruza points out that her breakthrough and rise into the top 10 last year hasn’t changed her and she is learning to deal with the pressure.

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Pavitra Ganesan

Garbiñe Muguruza who recently, helped her country Spain to reach the World Group playoffs in the Fed Cup, has emphasized all the fame has not gone to her head and that she is still the same girl.

Fame Has Not Changed Her

When asked if her success and fame last year have affected her, Muguruza responds, “I think not at all. I am just the same girl. I don’t think changing is going to help me.”

Muguruza first made news beating Serena Williams in Roland Garros quarterfinals in 2014 before making her first Grand Slam final last year in Wimbledon where she eventually lost to Williams.

Muguruza Would Not Change Her Position

Muguruza is happy where she is | Photo courtesy of: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Muguruza is happy where she is | Photo courtesy of: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

As pressurizing as it may be being in the top 10 and frequently being seeded in tournaments, Muguruza says she would not change this position she is in. “I think it is a great place to be..to be up, to play good, to be seeded,” says the Spaniard. She knows it is a matter of handling the pressure as she quips, “Even though sometimes you feel more pressure, you have more expectations, not only me but also a lot of people, it’s just something that you have to deal with.”

Muguruza also recognizes that as much as people expect you to win matches being seeded, it is not all that easy. “I think every match is tough, since the beginning until the final”. This was demonstrated in that defeat in the Australian Open to Barbora Strycova but she now knows that she is going to have to learn to deal with pressure.

Cool Head On Young Shoulders

As one of the youngest in the top 10, and the youngest in the top five, the cool headed Muguruza is ready to face more challenges and expectations and not putting pressure on herself. She would like to take it one match at time when she is due to play the winner of Elina Svitolina and Jana Cepelova in the second round in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

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