Former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza took part in a video conference call organized jointly by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) with eleven junior players and spoke with them about various aspects of her career.
Among the players was Australian Open junior champion Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, who is the current junior World No. 1 player. The 26 year old Spaniard spoke about dealing with the pressure before each match. "It is difficult.
You will always have pressure. In a way, I like it because it means that I care a lot. I try to talk a lot with my team about how to manage the game, who is my opponent because that always reassures me." Muguruza also said having a former champion like Conchita Martinez as her coach has helped her tremendously as Martinez has been in the same situations before.
"The good thing about having a coach who has been very good as a player is that they usually understand you a lot. As Conchita, she has been in very special moments because she understands me a lot as a player in that aspect and it is an advantage .
I am very fortunate to share that experience with her." The Spaniard spoke about some of her most memorable wins on the tour as well. "When I was little I played a lot on clay and always said that Roland Garros is the most important tournament on clay.
It is a tournament that I dreamed of winning and the fact that I did it against the most difficult opponent (Serena Williams) to beat was very special . (Also, when I won my first WTA title) Wow, I won my first WTA title! Maybe I can win a bigger tournament or a Grand Slam."
The current World No. 16 Muguruza has been confined in Geneva, Switzerland recently and said she sees the current break as a mental test. "It is a test, like a test to see who really has the desire and the ambition, that when the competition arrives you will know who has trained and who has not. I take it as a mental test so that when the time comes I will make sure to be fresh and fit."