Garbine Muguruza is enthusiastic about Linz: “This is one of the toughest tournaments.”
It was not the first time that Garbine Muguruza had entered Austrian soil on a Saturday evening in Linz, but as a tennis champion, the Spaniard celebrates her tournament championship at the “Generali Ladies Linz 2016”. “Yes, it was a last minute decision. And as I notice, the Linz tournament is not only very important on the WTA tour, but also one of the hardest in this category in this top-line occupation. It will be very interesting for the audience as well as for us, “explains the 23-year-old at the press conference in the TipsArena on Monday morning.
And the tournament director Sandra Reichel, the Spanish born in Caracas has good memories.
Since when? “When I was also director of the WTA tournament in Barcelona, I gave Garbine a wild card,” reveals Sandra Reichel, who was already impressed by the friendly player. Meanwhile, Muguruza has developed into a world class player, winning the most famous sand field tournament this year, the French Open in Paris, and then became the number two in the world behind Serena Williams.
“It is extremely difficult to be number one, especially for a longer period of time,” says the Spaniard, who is top-placed at the Generali Ladies Linz, currently number four in the WTA ranking.
“You can have good tournaments, but you have to stay up, do not suffer injuries, have a good attitude and play well. For with the attitude alone one does not win. And always, when you rest, there is someone who trains, “explains the Spaniard.
“I do not know what the coach is doing.” Her first-ever opponent in Linz is the Turk Cagla Buyukakcay.
Has Garbine changed his life after the triumph in the Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros?
“My life has not changed much lately, except that one gets more attention. It was a great success, but I’d rather think about what’s coming next. The victory in the Grand Slam tournament does not take me any more, 2016 was the best year in my career. Having the trophy is great, but I do not think too much about it. “The LinzTennis Public is looking forward to a charming, sympathetic number one!