Garbine Muguruza is shying away from the fact that in this tumultuous year on the women’s tour, she’s emerged as the front-runner to win the US Open.
The 23-year-old just picked up her fifth career title crushing Simona Halep 61, 60 in the Cincinnati final.
“It’s normal, I guess, when people say that,” Muguruza said Sunday. “They always say, you know, when somebody is playing well, they always put a list of favorites of the list, and they go, like, This one is the favorite. So I understand. I think it’s normal.
“I’m happy that people see me as a favorite, but not always happens that you win a tournament before and then you go and win a Grand Slam, for sure, or you lose first round, bad result, and then you go and win.
“So I’m just happy I’m going to go with a lot of matches and confidence. I’d rather this than not having it. We’ll see after.”
Muguruza, though, has never done well at the US Open with just a 2-4 record failing to reach the third round in all four previous appearances.
“I want to change that. Because is a tournament I want to play, a kind of scenario I like, everything that I like is there,” she said. “I want to find the recipe maybe this year, maybe that I have a little bit more confidence or is going maybe better, or, I don’t know.”
But after as a second Grand Slam, she’s got a new attitude.
“I think I’m more relaxed,” she said. “I don’t know if ‘relaxed’ is the word, but I know that maybe I get used to that, maybe, you know, because it was a little bit different situation for me, so I feel like right now it’s helping me rather than maybe holding me back, like it did a little bit last year.
“So that’s something that I really wanted to change from last year and improve that. Yeah, I’m taking a good path there.”
While she moved up to only No. 3 in the WTA rankings, the No. 1 ranking is up for grabs in New York.
“All I want is to win the tournaments,” she added. “It motivates me always. And that’s going to be a consequence. If I keep playing like this, sooner or later I guess I will be, I don’t know. I hope so. But, no, it’s not here yet like that.”
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