New York - World No 3 Garbine Muguruza is enjoying the
relentless energy of New York but is trying to stay focused on the task at hand
- finally breaking through at the US Open, a tournament where success has
proved elusive for her.
New York is a good fit for the 23-year-old Spaniard, who is
easy with a smile off the court but unleashes a torrent of punishing ground
strokes when she steps on it.
"It's all about the balance, finding a nice spirit of
competition and also enjoying a little bit of the city but not getting
overwhelmed by it," Muguruza told reporters.
"Sometimes I feel like there is a shop, like, three
blocks, and three blocks is amazing, long, and so exhausted," she said
with a laugh.
Wimbledon champion Muguruza has been on a hot streak
recently which has made her one of the favourites to win the US Open.
Last year's French Open champion dominated Simona Halep to
win the Cincinnati Masters in the final tune-up before the year's last grand
slam in New York where she is the third seed.
"Maybe I'm more of a favourite, I guess," Muguruza
said. "But it's nothing different. I'm happy to be back. Last major of the
year and I look forward to improving on my last results."
Muguruza was eliminated by Anastasija Sevastova in the round
of 64 at last year's US Open, a tournament in which she has not got past the second
round in four attempts.
"I think it's very similar to other surfaces. I think
my game is quite similar. I'm a very aggressive player, so I think hard court
also helps me in that way," she said.
First up for Muguruza is unseeded American Varvara Lepchenko,
who she will face on Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.