Muguruza sets sights on Wimbledon

2016-06-21 14:26
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Garbine Muguruza (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Garbine Muguruza recently won her maiden grand slam title at Roland Garros and she is looking to claim her second at Wimbledon.

The world number two lost to world number one Serena Williams at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club last year and has vengeance on her mind this time around.

Her preparations for the grass court grand slam have not gone according to plan though as she was knocked out in the first round of the Mallorca Open by Kirsten Flipkens.

Despite her disappointing showing at the Mallorca Open, Muguruza is brimming with confidence heading into Wimbledon.

"I just have to keep a totally open mind," she told reporters. "I came to Mallorca with very little time to prepare.

"The truth is I'm disappointed, but now I'm just training harder to arrive ready for Wimbledon."

Last year, Muguruza came perilously close to being beaten in the second and third round by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Angelique Kerber, but she managed to stave off elimination and went on to stun Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals to become the first Spanish woman to make it to the final of Wimbledon since Conchita Martinez in 1994.

"Oh man, I barely remember the last time. It's been over a year since my (Wimbledon) final, and it feels like ages since I last stepped on grass," she said. "But sure, it brings me great memories, even though grass isn't a surface I've always loved - I didn't used to like it at all.

"I've learned to love it more lately, with time. And then reaching the final at Wimbledon, that was something so special. It's always a hard switch, especially the first few days on grass, but there's little tricks to help adjust."

The 22-year-old also made it clear that her appearance in the final last year and victory at Roland Garros earlier this month does not guarantee that she will have another successful campaign at Wimbledon.

"When you step out onto the court, it doesn't matter if, last week, you've just won a Grand Slam, in the end it comes down to who can play their best on that day." she said.

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