After a post-Wimbledon finals slump, Garbine Muguruza has shown once again that she’s one of the best tennis players in the world, and she has a new coach to thank. The 22-year-old added Sam Sumyk to her team just before the Asian swing and so far it’s paid off in a big way.
Two weeks ago under Sumyk she made the finals in Wuhan losing to Venus Williams. Then yesterday, she collected the biggest title of her career beating Timea Bacsinszky to win the Premier Mandatory event in Beijing.
“Well, I’m not going to say it’s bad,” she joked of the partnership. “It’s great. We were laughing. Now everything can be worse only.
“I’m really happy with how we working together. We’ll sit together after these Asia tournaments and we’ll talk about what we’re going to do. For sure I’m happy the way we’re working.
Sumyk used to coach Victoria Azarenka and most recently worked with Eugenie Bouchard. But the Frenchman has seemed to found a new home with Muguruza.
“I think he’s a very professional guy. He knows what it takes to be there,” Muguruza said. This is very important for me, to have somebody knows what I have to do and what I don’t have to do. Let’s see. It’s not official, but let’s see what happens.”
Muguruza’s run has moved her up to No. 4 in the world, and she could still even go higher at the Singapore WTA Finals.
“Definitely it’s a big achievement,” she said. “I think, you know, to see you are improving, also on the tennis side, but in the rankings, it’s that moment when there’s only three more in front of me. It feels good. It feels that you’re doing in a right way your things. I don’t know. Three more. Three more.”
And she knows that with all this newfound fame and success, she has to check herself.
“It’s a lot of things happening that I have to calm down now and really think about it because it’s a big achievement. Sometimes you’re like rushing everywhere, you’re not thinking. Now I’m able to rest couple of days and really think about what I’ve done and what I did good, not good, to learn. It’s amazing to be able to live this so fast.”
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