While many players tend to reset at the start of every new season, and see it a clean slate that allows them to start from zero, Muguruza prefers a different approach.
“I don't feel like every year that I start I have different goals or I start from zero. I feel like a career is a continuation and a progression. I feel like I have the same big goals I had since I started to play WTAs, which is winning the big titles, getting the titles I still don't have and all of that,” said the 2016 Roland-Garros champion.
That mentality is perhaps the key for Muguruza to carry her form from 2021 into this campaign. She has learned to enjoy herself more on tour and has a clearer vision of how to maintain that stability she showcased last year.
Muguruza has found a way to get back to being at the crucial moments in a match, and she attributes that to two things.
“I think that the first one is working hard every moment, every day that you feel you're tired, every day you're like, ‘Man, I want to go to the mall and I don't want to be here’. These days that give you the strength,” she says.
“You know, the hard work and the security that you have done the job. The homework, like I would say. That gives you some sort of certainty of, ‘Okay, whatever happens, I did the job and I'm ready to face those tough moments’.
“And the second is I feel personality of each player. There are players that play aggressive and they go for the points. Some players that play more defensive and they hesitate maybe a little bit. That's the character that defines sometimes those moments.”