World No. 10 Garbine Muguruza was glad with her US Open third round performance against former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Muguruza, a former world No. 1, overcame Azarenka in three sets 6-4 3-6 6-2 to reach the US Open round-of-16 for the first time since 2017.
Muguruza has had a pretty tough draw so far at the US Open as she also beat Donna Vekic and Andrea Petkovic en route to making the second week at the US Open. "I had tough opponents right away since 1R round. Victoria, she had so much success in this tournament.
She was comfortable in this court, in these conditions. Was very pumped for the match," Muguruza said after beating Azarenka, per WTA Insider. "Happy that it's my 1st Arthur Ashe win after almost 10yrs”.
Muguruza aims her maiden US Open title
Muguruza has never won a Grand Slam title on hard as her two Major titles came at the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017, respectively.
"I don't think they (hard court Grand Slams) are the hardest ones -- They are all hard," Muguruza insisted. "I think everybody plays well on hard court, it's more equal. So I feel like there can be more winners.
"The other [Slams] you need to have something in your game. You have to be more than just hitting the ball and hitting hard. I feel you need that X factor that clay court brings and grass courts are unpredictable. "But on hard court everybody plays well.
So there is no theory, really. It's just funny that three players just happened [to do] that." Muguruza is again playing well and enjoying tennis. "The past years I was very -- in Spanish we say you're a little bit cross, your brain is a little bit not working very well," Muguruza explained. "I felt negativity was more than positivity in the previous years."