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Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza hoping to maintain normal lifestyle after women's title

July 17,2017 00:18

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza hoping to maintain normal lifestyle after women's title. MOST newly minted champions set their sights on more titles, more ranking points. Not Garbine Muguruza. By Nigel Clarke. PUBLISHED: 00:02, Mon, Jul 17, 2017 ...and more »


After becoming Wimbledon champion following a glorious two-week journey around SW19, the 23-year-old Spaniard is seeking to broaden her life beyond the court.
“I want to try to be a regular girl, or woman. I am still searching for that,” she said. “But it’s hard. I have played tennis since I was three years old.
“Everything about my career so far has been super passionate and I love it. But I also like to cook, and in my spare time listen to music, try to live a normal life for someone of my age.”
Muguruzu, who won the French Open last year, will now find the pressure on her escalating. She has already risen to world No5, and had to sit through 33 media interviews within three hours of coming off court after her straight-sets win over Venus Williams.
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Garbine Muguruza isn't letting her Wimbledon triumph get to her head
I want to try to be a regular girl, or woman

There she was presented with the Wimbledon members’ badge, awarded exclusively to the champions.
“A man came up to me and handed it to me, and I pinned it on my shirt,” she said. “I didn’t know what it meant, but it now seems I can come in for afternoon tea. It made me feel I have joined an incredible, historic club.”
After a tight first set, Muguruzu wiped the floor with Williams winning 7-5, 6-0, weeping tears of joy at the end and squatting on the court with her head in her hands.
“I’m human, I feel pressure, I can have a love-hate relationship with tennis,” she said. “When you win everything it is beautiful; when you lose everything is darker. It’s hard.
“My life didn’t change after I won the French last year, but I did find the occasion so draining. We’ll see what happens now.”
Muguruza lived in Venezuela, her mother’s homeland, until she was six but hasn’t been back there for nearly four years. That is the emotional price she has paid as she pursues the highest honours in the game and seeks to find herself.
“I know you cannot play great all the time, but I just try to stay humble,” she said.
“Somebody asked if my next target will be to become world No1. I don’t know what it feels like to be No1, but I do know what it feels like to win a Grand Slam.
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Garbine Muguruza made amends for her 2015 SW19 defeat by beating Venus Williams in striaight sets“I’ve always dreamed to be able to win seven matches in a row, because it is something special. Hopefully one day I can get to No1, and then I can compare.
“I know it is going to be difficult to come down from such a high, so I need to turn the page as quickly as possible. I need to calm down, refocus, find myself.
“But I wanted to show I can play well and wanted to let my racket do the talking. This will not change my attitude, I need to always bring out the best in myself.
“Wimbledon is the cathedral of tennis. When we walked out at the start with the roof closed I could hear all the echoes and I thought, ‘What a great thing for me to be a player in this final. And even better if I can win.
“Normally you get tired, sometimes there is pain, or my confidence is not there, but this time I was able to put everything together. It was all very satisfying. Now it’s time for me.”
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