Muguruza feels less pressure ahead of French Open

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Paris, May 25 (IANS) World No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain said on Friday that not being the French Open’s defending champion this year gave her a sense of peace.

Former Roland Garros champions Muguruza (2016) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (2009) are set to square off in the tournament’s first round; the two tennis pros’ seventh career encounter, with Muguruza leading the head-to-head series by a record of 5-1, reports Efe.

“This year is different from the previous, when I was the defending champion, I had a lot of pressure back then. I have also changed my mentality a little. This year I think I am more relaxed,” Muguruza said at a press conference ahead of the May 27 start of the Roland Garros.

Muguruza pointed out that despite not participating in many 2018 clay court matches, she still has a chance to win the tournament.

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Muguruza also commented on United States’ Serena Williams’ return to tennis following her pregnancy.

“It is very good to have her (Serena) here, because she is a great competitor. She has got talent and confidence,” said the 24-year-old tennis star.

–IANS

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