Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza says Serena Williams makes you play her best tennis as she is one of the biggest legends in the game.
Garbine Muguruza on playing Serena Williams
The two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza recently spoke to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo in which she discussed competing against Serena Williams.
"We have a very competitive relationship. From my point of view, Serena is the best player in history and one of the toughest opponents anyone can face. Someone like her makes you have to get your best tennis in order to win.
Doing this is not easy because she is a legend." Muguruza defeated Williams in the final of the Roland Garros event in 2016 to win her first Grand Slam in what was considered a major upset, since Serena was the favourite to win at that time.
"My memories of the final against Serena at Roland Garros are really special. It is a tournament that is very important in Spain since it is played on clay, which is the surface where I started to play. It was very special to win my first Grand Slam title.
That day I played very well despite having faced Serena and being very nervous." The Spaniard also spoke about working with Conchita Martinez, a former Wimbledon champion herself. "Conchita understands me as a coach because she was an excellent player, and it is not easy to find coaches who can understand you in certain situations.
Our union is great. Each I may need fewer words for her to understand me, the sign that this is a good alliance." The current Australian Open runner-up also spoke about the merger between the two professional circuits - the ATP & the WTA Tours, saying that now maybe a good time to work on the merger between the two organizations.
"Tennis is one of the sports in which there is greater equality in prize money between men and women, there are other sports where the difference is enormous. A merger between the two entities seems interesting to me, it would be very striking, although I don’t know how much work it would need If there is any time to do it, with everything we are experiencing, maybe this is it.
” Garbiñe Muguruza has won seven singles titles in her career, including the 2016 French Open and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. She has also won five doubles titles with her compatriot Carla Suárez Navarro.