Garbine Muguruza Aims To Get Back On Track With Mentor Martinez
The start of the year has been anything but spectacular for two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza.
Last month a duo of problems forced the Spaniard to withdraw from tournaments. At the Brisbane International she retired during her second round match due to cramping. Then a week later it was an abductor problem that forced her out of Sydney. The outcome for Muguruza was a early exit at the Australian Open when she lost in the second round to Su-Wei Hsieh.
Aiming to get back on track, the world No.4 has enlisted the help of Conchita Martinez. A former world No.1 player that guided her to the Wimbledon title last year. Under the agreement the two will work together during the next four hard court tournaments. Muguruza will also continue to collaborate with her permanent coach Sam Sumyk.
“It’s a little bit of a new experience for me,” Muguruza told reporters in Doha over the weekend. “Conchita and I, we’ve known each other since I was little and she’s always been a little bit in the shadow, you know, helping me here and there. And of course, everybody saw me and her in Wimbledon and we had the best success possible.”
The rocky start has failed to derail the determination of the 24-year-old, who aims to reproduce her form from last year. During 2017 Muguruza claimed two WTA titles and rose to world No.1 for the first time in her career. She will aim to get back into shape at this week’s Qatar Total Open where she will be the fourth seed.
“I want to keep playing big finals, and fighting again for the number one spot. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to hide from. I want to have the toughest goals because I’ve been there and that helps me believe I can be there again.” She explained.
Granted a first round bye in Doha, Muguruza will take on either Ons Jabeur or Duan Yingying in the second round. It will be her fourth appearance in the tournament with a run to the quarter-finals back in 2016 being her best performance.