Spa­niard cooks up suc­cess

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

AF­TER a fruit­less sea­son in the wilder­ness, Gar­bine Mugu­ruza has found the for­mula for what she hopes will be­come sus­tained grand slam suc­cess.

Feted as a fu­ture cham­pion af­ter de­feat to Ser­ena Wil­liams in the 2015 Wim­ble­don fi­nal, Mugu­ruza con­firmed the rat­ing with French Open vic­tory last sea­son against the Amer­i­can.

But an en­su­ing bar­ren 12 months since that Paris tri­umph saw the Spa­niard’s stocks slid­ing.

And a 6- 1, 6- 0 shel­lack­ing at the hands of Barbora Strycova in East­bourne a week be­fore Wim­ble­don vir­tu­ally con­demned the base­liner to out­sider sta­tus.

But at the week­end, as Mugu­ruza be­came the first woman in his­tory to beat both Wil­liams sis­ters in a ma­jor fi­nal with an em­phatic 7- 5, 6- 0 suc­cess against Venus, the nar­ra­tive changed.

And Mugu­ruza, who is re­put­edly more than a dab hand in the kitchen, claimed she had fi­nally found the recipe for suc­cess.

“It is very hard to find, like, a recipe to feel good fit­ness­wise, ten­nis­ti­cally ( sic), men­tally,” she said. “I think in this tour­na­ment I put ev­ery­thing to­gether, which is very hard.”

So much so that she be­came only the sec­ond Span­ish woman af­ter her cur­rent coach Con­chita Martinez to win Wim­ble­don.

Mugu­ruza will re­turn to the top five to­day, hav­ing started the tour­na­ment at No. 15.

Spain's Gar­bine Mugu­ruza.

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