Garbine Muguruza is changing her mindset from gathering points to simply enjoying tennis again as she searches for good form which is eluding her lately.
Muguruza saw her ranking drop dramatically after struggling to put together good performances and it created a very negative atmosphere in her camp. She was putting too much pressure on herself to start winning and it's not working. Wins are not coming and she's not enjoying what she's doing.
The emphasis is to change that, find the joy of playing tennis again and the results will follow. The hope is to finally win a match and prevent a dropout from the top 100:
“I’ve had so many moments in my career where I’ve been so high, and other moments when I’ve not been so high. It’s a process of trying to get back up there. Now I’m focusing on training hard and being humble. You have to know that maybe you haven’t had the success recently as you had in other years, but that’s fine because things can change very quickly. With tennis, one week it can go wrong, then next week it can go well, then everything changes again. I think experience helps me to stay calm in the not-so-good moments when I haven’t been playing as well or results haven’t followed.”
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2I feel that this year it’s more about keeping it calm and more simple. Last year I put myself under a lot of pressure, telling myself to keep going to stay at the top all the time. That definitely didn’t help me, and it was a bit of a struggle. This year, yes ranking is important – I’ve been at every possible ranking – but that is not my priority anymore. Now it’s about enjoying my time on court and taking the trophies back home, then we’ll see what the ranking is.”
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