“Her heart really affected me” – Garbine Muguruza on Serena Williams’ power, which she overcomes as a tennis player

The year was 2013. That year, rising Spanish star Garbine Muguruza faced Serena Williams in the second round of the Australian Open. In what turned out to be a one-sided affair, Serena defeated her Spanish opponent in straight sets. Also, Serena Muguruza added a bagel in the second set of that match.

The next year Muguruza got her revenge. She caused quite a stir when she knocked out top seed Serena in the second round of the French Open. The Spanish star is one of the few players to have taken on Serena in head-to-head matches. In the six matches played between them, Muguruza and Serena have each won three. Recently, Muguruza revealed that he was inspired by the American legend.

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Garbine Muguruza opens up about Serena Williams’ influence on her career

The two-time Grand Slam champion described how serena overcoming all adversity and the lessons learned from her. she said, “It didn’t matter where you’re from, whether you’re from South America or anywhere else, whether you’re white, black or Asian. Your origin and your skin color were not important.”

09/02/2022; Flushing, New York, USA; Serena Williams of the United States gestures after a match against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia on day five of the 2022 US Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Further she added, “What mattered was the power Serena transmitted. She left her mark on all of us. Many of us identified with her, either because of her story or because of the message she conveyed, which always transcended the court.”

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Finally, her remarks Muguruza said “Your heart has really influenced me. It has often pushed me to train harder and motivated me to keep going.”

Muguruza is going through a difficult 2021 season

The 28-year-old didn’t have the best season of her tennis career this year. Earlier this year she reached the quarterfinals at the Sydney Tennis Classic and the Qatar Open, which happened to be her best results of the year.

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Additionally, her best result in Grand Slam tournaments this year was a third-round appearance at the recently concluded US Open.

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