Muguruza ready for 'green clay' challenge at Volvo Car Open
No player on the WTA tour has more wins than Muguruza this year (20) and the Spanish player is looking to extend that to the clay courts of Charleston.
The last time Muguruza played at the Volvo Car Open was in 2013 when she lost to Jessica Pegula in three sets and now she is looking to better that result. Having grown up on the red clay courts of Europe, Muguruza loves when clay season comes around:
"Clay court is my favorite part of the year, and so it's a good thing. I'm very excited and I have to control my excitement because we don't have that many tournaments, so you kind of want to do well fast.
Playing on green clay is different but Muguruza is embracing the challenge:
"But definitely the green clay, it's different. I've grown up playing on clay and it's not the same thing. Yes, you can slide and all of that, but I do feel it's different. It's been almost 10 years since I didn't play Charleston. I've only played once in my life, was a very long time ago and it is a challenge to be back and to play on this clay because I have zero experience. So just looking to see how I'm going to feel."
Muguruza is coming off a tough loss to Andreescu at the Miami Open and she was asked whether she takes losses different these days:
"I would say yes, not because I accept them or anything like that, but it's just that I waste less energy on being upset or being disappointed. I quickly get out of the bad energy and just start thinking faster about what I have to do. OK, what's next? I don't stay no more in dark spaces."
She continued further:
"The wins and losses are more acceptable once you get more mature and it takes less energy. But just in general, knowing more myself and knowing how do I have to work and how do I have to kind of act and proceed in order to put myself in the right direction earlier than probably before."