Cape Town - Garbine Muguruza has backed Serena Williams to resume her
role as one of tennis' leading lights when she returns to the game next
Williams gave birth to a baby girl earlier this month, yet she has
already set her sights on getting back on court at January's Australian
Despite the 23-time Grand Slam champion taking time away from the
game, world No 1 Muguruza expects the American to pick up where
she left off.
"I think she will return to competition and she will be as dangerous as she has always been," Muguruza told EFE.
"It is incredible that after being a mother and the best (player in
the world), she still has the will and the hunger to return to
Despite her elimination in the last 16 at the US Open, Muguruza has
still been able to move to number one in the world rankings - mainly
thanks her to victory at Wimbledon.
It's the first time that the 23-year-old has occupied top spot, yet
she realises the quality and quantity of players now breathing down her
"I slept peacefully when I achieved it, but at the same time I am aware of the burden I am shouldering," added the Spaniard.
"On one hand, what an achievement. But there is still a lot of work to do and it will be difficult."