Mugu­ruza rates Grand Slams above rank­ings

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - You don’t want to move, you re­mem­ber, if I work hard then I might have a chance to be in a fi­nal and so then you are strong,” she said. Mu­ruguza’s form dipped af­ter her first Grand Slam event vic­tory and she hopes

LON­DON: Newly crowned Wim­ble­don women’s cham­pion Gar­bine Mugu­ruza says she would rather be ranked tenth in the world and win more Grand Slams than fo­cus on reach­ing the top of the rank­ings.

Mugu­ruza beat five-times cham­pion Venus Wil­liams in straight sets on Satur­day to win her sec­ond ma­jor tour­na­ment af­ter her tri­umph at the French Open in 2016.

The Spa­niard went into Wim­ble­don ranked 15th in the world and her vic­tory at the All Eng­land Club will push her up to fifth in the WTA Rank­ings when they are pub­lished to­day.

The 23-year-old says she cares lit­tle for the rank­ing num­ber next to her name, how­ever.

“I think un­less you are num­ber one, be­cause that is in­cred­i­ble... I have been num­ber two, I have been three and failed to win a Grand Slam and there is no com­par­i­son,” she said.

“It is just hav­ing the tro­phy, hav­ing to have played all the matches. You have to play seven matches and you can face the one, the three, ev­ery­one.

“It is a dif­fer­ent feel­ing. I don’t know what it feels like to be num­ber one; hope­fully one day I can be and I can com­pare but for now I’d rather be 10 and win Grand Slams than be num­ber one,” said Mugu­ruza, who beat Wil­liams 7-5 6-0.

Czech Karolina Pliskova, who went out in the sec­ond round at Wim­ble­don, will take over from Ger­man An­gelique Ker­ber in the top spot in the new rank­ings.

Mugu­ruza says the points and cal­cu­la­tions are far from her mind and it is the big events such as Wim­ble­don and next month’s US Open that fire her up.

“My mo­ti­va­tion is just to be able to be a good ten­nis player and come to the Grand Slams and be a threat. The rank­ing is tem­po­rary but it is re­ally to be a good player and al­ways have a chance to win a tro­phy.

“That is what I train for, in the gym and so on; on the days PLATING UP: Gar­bine Mugu­ruza of Spain cel­e­brates win­ning the Wim­ble­don women’s ti­tle on Satur­day 7-5, 6-0. that this time she will be able to man­age her ex­pec­ta­tions bet­ter, al­though she ac­knowl­edges that her at­tack­ing style can make con­sis­tency hard to achieve.

“It is dif­fi­cult to deal with suc­cess. You have all these ex­pec­ta­tions. Hope­fully I can just be hum­ble, keep work­ing and don’t ex­pect to per­form in­cred­i­ble ev­ery match be­cause it is not the case. I have a very ag­gres­sive game which means that one day I can be more up or more down. Hope­fully I keep it the same way.

“(Af­ter the French Open) I did put a lot of pres­sure (on my­self) be­cause I was feel­ing good and I thought ‘I wish to play like this ev­ery week’ but it doesn’t hap­pen and so then you start ques­tion­ing, get a lit­tle bit frus­trated and it brings you down.” – Reuters

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