Muguruza relishing her return to Wimbledon


Garbine Muguruza is hoping to go one better at Wimbledon this year, but acknowledges she faces a difficult challenge making the transition from clay to grass.

The Spaniard claimed her first major title at the French Open earlier this month, overcoming world number one Serena Williams in straight sets in the final.

Muguruza's only outing since then came on grass at the Mallorca Open, where she went down 6-3 6-4 to Kirsten Flipkens in the first round.

Muguruza reached the Wimbledon final in 2015, only to be beaten by Williams, and while regarded as one of the likelier candidates to challenge the American for her crown this time around, the 22-year-old is aware of the task ahead of her.

"I think it's very hard because I have played on clay a lot and it's really challenging to play on grass right away - not only for me, but for everyone, because it's so different and we don't have many chances to play matches," she told Perform.

"I think like everyone I am trying to adapt as soon as possible and just fight again.

"I feel good. I have great memories from last year. Wimbledon is one of the most special tournaments in tennis.

"It's a very traditional tournament and honestly with my expectations I am going to go there and try and continue what I felt at the French Open, if I can.

"I'll try to match what I did last year, obviously I am very ambitious, I want to keep it going."

Muguruza opens her Wimbledon campaign against Camila Giorgi on Monday.