Garbine Muguruza Speaks on Partnership With Her Coach Conchita Martinez Ahead of Australian Open 2021

Published 02/05/2021, 12:00 PM EST
Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates after winning match point during her Women’s Singles first round match against Shelby Rogers of the United States on day two of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


World No.15 Garbine Muguruza stormed into the semifinals of the Yarra Valley Classic. Muguruza defeated American Sofia Kenin in straight sets in the quarterfinal, dropping just four games on her way to victory. With the win, Muguruza avenged her loss to Kenin in the final of the last year’s Australian Open.

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Post her victory, Former World No.4 Jelena Dokic interviewed Muguruza on-court to ask the latter about her performance so far in the tournament. During the interview, Dokic applauded Muguruza for choosing a female coach and emphasized the need for more women coaches in the sport.

Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain returns the ball during her Women’s Singles first round match against Nao Hibino of Japan on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Garbine Muguruza talks about her coach

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With Muguruza being coached by the 1996 Wimbledon champion, Conchita Martinez, the host asked the tennis star about her experience of working with Martinez. Interestingly, Dokic mentioned being Martinez’s doubles partner back in the day and on having learned a great deal from the champion.

Muguruza described her partnership with Martinez as special and revealed having a strong connection with her since the day they met. The Spaniard acknowledged that her association with Martinez began at the right stage of her career, and she liked her way of coaching.

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“It’s very special. We have known each other since I was young, like a junior player. We always had a good connection since we met. It was just the right timing to get together, you know, in my stage of the career and the way she coach. I think it was a great combination,” said Muguruza.

Under Martinez’s guidance, Muguruza won the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. After a brief split, the duo reunited at the end of 2019. Martinez, a winner of 33 WTA titles, has also worked with Muguruza in the capacity of Spain’s Fed Cup captain.

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With the 2021 Australian Open just a few days away, Muguruza is in sublime form and will be one of the strongest contenders to win the title. The two-time Grand Slam champion will aim to win her first title at Melbourne Park after having come close in the final last year.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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