Muguruza has belief and knowhow to topple Serena

Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:05am EDT
 
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - A fresh-faced Spaniard who has a love-hate relationship with grass will be eager to prove in Saturday's Wimbledon final that the mighty Serena Williams is as human as the next person with blood, and not ice, pumping through her veins.

'Nerves' and 'Williams' are words that are not usually linked such has been the total dominance of the world number one who is gunning for her fourth successive grand slam title to complete the "Serena Slam" for the second time in her career.

But 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza has already proved that she has the power and intelligence to reduce the all-conquering American to a nervous wreck when she subjected Williams to a 6-2 6-2 pummelling at last year's French Open.

"It (the Roland Garros win) is really important because it makes you see and realize that she's also a person. She also has feelings. She also gets nervous," Muguruza said on the eve of her maiden grand slam final when she will be bidding to become the first Spanish woman in 21 years to win Wimbledon.

    "She knows that I can win against her, that I'm not afraid. I don't think she's really used to this." 

While that triumph gave Muguruza the belief that she was capable of competing with the best, Williams also credited that result for her own recent success.

"It was an eye-opening loss for me. Some losses you're angry about, and some losses you learn from. That loss I learned the most from in a long time," said the 33-year-old, who last held all four titles concurrently in 2003.

"I got so much better after that loss. I was able to improve a lot. I worked on things.   Continued...

 
Garbine Muguruza of Spain during a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 10, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville