Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza said yesterday that while she is winning grand slams she has no interest in her ranking — unless she becomes world No 1.
Muguruza, ranked 15th in the world, became only the fifth player outside the top 10 to win the women’s singles on Saturday by beating Venus Williams 7-5 6-0.
The Spaniard will rise to five when the list updates today and can have realistic aspirations of snatching top spot, with Serena Williams pregnant and taking time off.
After adding a second grand slam title to the French Open she won last year, however, Muguruza insisted her eyes were only on winning more major trophies.
“I don’t care [about rankings], I think unless you’re No 1, because that is something incredible,” Muguruza said.
#“I have been 2, I have been 3 and I have failed to win a grand slam and there is no comparison.
“It’s about just having the trophy, having to play all the matches, you have to play seven matches to win a grand slam.
“You can play No 1 or 3 but it’s a different feeling.
“Hopefully I can be number one one day and compare but for now I’d rather be 10 and win grand slams than be No 1.”
Karolina Pliskova will take over from Angelique Kerber at the rankings summit, despite the Czech losing in the second round at Wimbledon.
Asked about moving to world No 1, Muguruza said: “If I keep playing good and winning matches and tournaments I will get the chance eventually.
“But it’s a consequence. I am not thinking I have to be number one.”
Muguruza was hailed as the future of women’s tennis when she triumphed at Roland Garros 13 months ago but she struggled with the weight of expectation.
Second-round exits followed at both Wimbledon and the US Open but Muguruza seems to have regained her groove this year.
“It was very difficult to deal with the success,” Muguruza said.
“You have all this expectation. Hopefully I can just be humble, keep working and not expect my form to be incredible every match. It’s not the case.
“I have a very aggressive game which means one day I can be more up or more down. Hopefully I keep it the same way for a longer time.”
Muguruza might also do well to hold on to Conchita Martinez, her fellow Spaniard and 1994 Wimbledon champion who has been filling in as her coach at SW19.
The 23-year-old’s regular coach Sam Sumyk has been absent with his pregnant wife but she would not rule out Martinez staying on with the team.
“Everyone is asking me this question all of a sudden but it was for a moment, for a tournament because Sam couldn’t come,” Muguruza said.
“She’s working for Spain in the Fed Cup as well, so so far it’s just for now, we didn’t talk about that part yet, but maybe. Maybe.