Garbine Muguruza was upset after losing in the 2020 Australian Open final, but while she still feels the agony and passion every time she comes onto Rod Laver Arena, it hasn’t dimmed her belief in her ability to win at Melbourne Park.
After winning the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico in November, the former world No. 1 enters the first Grand Slam of the year as one of the favorites, having been upset in the final two years ago by Sofia Kenin.
“When I step into the Rod Laver court, I feel a lot of emotions because I came so close to having this Grand Slam in my pocket,” Muguruza told reporters on Saturday.
“I guess I’ll just have to try again and again.”
“Why not do it again?” says the narrator. Of course, it’s a difficult situation. You have to put a lot of pieces together. But I’ve done it before, and now, more than ever, I know I can do it again.”
The two-time Grand Slam champion, who was eliminated from the Sydney Tennis Classic on Thursday by Daria Kasatkina, said it was necessary for her to take some time off during the summer.
“I think you should put a priority on regaining your energy, refreshing your thinking, and everything,” she continued. “With everything that we’ve all been through, it’s been a difficult year.”
“Adelaide was omitted from my itinerary. I usually prefer to compete in the first tournament of the year, but given the circumstances, I figured why not go to Sydney? Every week, I’m adapting to how I’m feeling.”
Muguruza, who will play Clara Burel of France in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, was similarly eager for the Novak Djokovic saga to end.
“I believe that all of this could have been avoided, as we have all done, by getting vaccinated and doing everything we needed to do to be here in Australia,” Muguruza said.
“Everyone was well aware of the rules. All you have to do now is follow their instructions. “I don’t believe it’ll be that difficult.” I believe we all want to move on from this and concentrate on the positive aspects.”