Who cares about No 1? -Muguruza would rather be No 10 and win more Grand Slams

Sports | 17 Jul 2017

Newly crowned Wimbledon women's champion Garbine Muguruza says she would rather be ranked 10th in the world and win more Grand Slams than focus on reaching the top of the rankings.

Muguruza beat five-time champion Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 on Saturday to win her second major tournament after her triumph at the French Open last year. 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 rankings.

The 23-year-old says she cares little for the ranking number next to her name, however. "I think unless you are No 1, because that is incredible... I have been No 2, I have been three and failed to win a Grand Slam and there is no comparison," Muguruza said. "I don't know what it feels like to be No 1; hopefully one day I can be and I can compare but for now I'd rather be 10 and win Grand Slams than be No 1."

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

"My motivation is just to be able to be a good tennis player and come to the Grand Slams and be a threat," Muguruza said. "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."

Her form dipped after her first Grand Slam success in Paris and she hopes that this time she will be able to manage her expectations better. "It is difficult to deal with success. You have all these expectations," she said. "Hopefully I can just be humble, keep working and don't expect to perform incredible every match because it is not the case."


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