Garbine Muguruza advanced into her first non Grand Slam final since Beijing 2015 by beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-2. The World No. 6 is finally finding some consistency and is satisfied and proud with it: 'I'm happy the way I'm playing and the way I'm going through these tough matches, because, you know, I've got to dig in and somehow win them.
But for sure, even if I didn't win a tournament, I'm very happy that all these tournaments I'm, you know, getting deep into the tournament. I feel good and, of course, like you said, tough after Wimbledon. I'm happy that I did something different, or I guess I learned not always happens, but I really learned.
And, well, here I am. Asked what she learned between winning 2016 Roland Garros and winning Wimbledon this time around, Muguruza replied: 'Well, I felt when I won French Open, you know, that was going to help me to win matches just because I won, or I could play like that the next tournaments.
You know, your mind is in a different situation. This time I'm not expecting to play like I played in French Open every tournament, you know. I'm not expecting, just because I won Wimbledon, I'm going to win Cincinnati.
It doesn't work like this. I'm working hard to be able to perform that and not believing that it's going to be just there, you know, not for granted. I feel much more professional, and in general I feel more player going through these tough matches and getting big rounds.' Muguruza has clear goals: 'What I want to do is improve every week.
Every tournament I go, I will have to take it as a very important tournament. There is no stupid match. You know, that's how I feel. Because when you think today's match is very important for the next one and for me and for preparing, and so I'm concentrated on every tournament I play.
I see things with a little bit different perspective. I take things less dramatical. When I was younger, I was, like, crying and pissed and this, you know, and all this. Now I'm, like, Okay, it's not a big deal. I guess everybody felt that way.
Me is in tennis. I don't know.' Muguruza also spoke about the terrorist attack in Barcelona happened on Thursday afternoon. The defending Wimbledon champion was obviously very sad. 'I did check in the rain delay.
I couldn't believe it. I have been so many times to that place, so many times. You know, it's like a main street with a lot of shops and people,' said Muguruza, who resides in Geneva, Switzerland, due to tax reasons. 'I was very surprised, you know, because you always hear what happened in Paris and in London, and you're, like, Shit.
But now, I have been so many times to this place, it's like my home. And I feel, like, Shit, I have been there so many times. So it really shocked me. Really shocked me. So, I mean, I'm just sad for the people that were there.
I feel like if you're in the wrong moment at the wrong time, it can happen anywhere.' Asked if she was influenced by it when she was back to compete, Muguruza said: 'I'm used to put so many things aside to be able to compete.
That's my every day, you know, putting things aside and going out there and have two hours of concentration of tennis. I just make sure that people around me are fine. There is not a lot I can do anymore. Just support the people.
Be, you know, with them. But at the end I've got to go play. And after, we can talk again. But I have to kind of block it for two hours.' ALSO READ: Francis Roig: 'The most important thing for Nadal is the Year-End No.