Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza says winning her first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in 2016 was a dream come true and changed her life forever, in an interview with Daniela Hantuchova on her chat show for the Roland Garros website.
The Spaniard, who also won Wimbledon in 2017, says, "The Roland Garros tournament, for someone who grew up in Spain, where they normally play on clay, is a dream. All tennis players fro Spain want to win it and many coaches, when you are with them on the court, tell you: ‘Imagine this point that we are going to play is the match point to win Roland Garros.’ I always dreamed of winning the event.
For me, that was my best match ever, also against Serena. It was an incredible match, it went really well for me, a dream come true."
Garbine Muguruza says winning the French Open in 2016 was a dream come true for her
The Spaniard says that winning the tournament also changed her life forever.
"After that match I had many commitments with the media, there were many things to do. After two weeks competing and spending so much energy, I had no strength left. People think that after something like that it is normal to party or something to celebrate, but far from it.
Later, yes, but not at that moment. The emotions after all this were strange, it took me a while to assimilate that success. Even when I went back to competing in tournaments, I kept thinking, ‘Wow, I’m a Grand Slam champion.’ It is a feeling that takes long to accept, to realize that it is real, that it really happened.
Nothing was the same again, apart from the fact that I also evolved and improved as a player. A victory gives you the confidence to think that you can do it, that you can do it again, more than once. Let’s say it was like a test, basically.
Although you always think that you can achieve great successes, until you do, you do not become completely sure. The day you get it you realize what you are capable of." The 26 year old Garbine Muguruza is currently ranked No. 16 in the world and reached the final of the Australian Open this year.