Spaniard cooks up success
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.