more of a distraction than top ranking for Muguruza
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[August 29, 2016]
By Simon Cambers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For most women at
the U.S. Open, overcoming Serena Williams is the biggest challenge.
But for Garbine Muguruza, coping with the unique demands of New York
City outstrips any worries over the 22-times grand slam champion.
The Spaniard beat Williams to win the French Open for her first
grand slam title this season and could take over the world number
one spot from the American this fortnight.
The 22-year-old Muguruza, born in Venezuela, raised in Spain and now
a resident of Geneva, is a fan of the country life and knows New
York presents a very real challenge.
“I feel this tournament is the most tricky tournament because there
is obviously a lot of things,” Muguruza told reporters at Flushing
“There is always traffic. There is always noise, people. I don't
know. Everything takes a lot of energy. “For whatever reason, it is
more complicated, just because it's more a big city, huge city, huge
everything. I'm not that city girl.” Muguruza has never gone beyond
the second round in three visits to New York but as a grand slam
champion, she knows she has the ability to go far.
Reaching the final could see her overtake Williams but Muguruza said
the prospect of becoming number one did not add pressure. “For sure
it will be an incredible achievement,” she said. “I don't even know
what I have to do, I'm not really thinking about that.
“I'm just thinking what I have to do to winning my rounds and my
matches and hopefully get to the last match and win it. But I think
it will be incredible.”
Muguruza, who plays Belgian qualifier Elise Mertens in the first
round of the year's last grand slam starting on Monday, said the
buzz about the top ranking has picked up as Williams' hold on the
number one spot has weakened.
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Garbine Muguruza (ESP) returns a shot against CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)
on day five during the Western and Southern tennis tournament at
Linder Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA
“I feel the discussion is much louder because there is more movement
(in the rankings)," the Spaniard said.
“There are a couple of players that can reach number one. So that
creates a little bit of juicy comments.
“I feel it a little bit, but I guess it's normal.”
Muguruza experienced a quick let-down when she lost in the second
round at Wimbledon after her Paris triumph but said she has been
working hard on all areas of her game.
“I think I'm playing well,” she said. “I think I'm improving a lot
of my fitness, getting stronger, getting more experience."
(Reporting by Simon Cambers; Editing by Larry Fine)
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