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July 2, 2021

Garbine Muguruza

Wimbledon, London, UK

Press Conference

O. JABEUR/G. Muguruza

5-7, 6-3, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You saved so many breakpoints today, but then she managed to go on this run winning 16 points in a row. What changed for you at that moment?

GARBINE MUGURUZA: I mean, I have had so many opportunities in this match that, you know, it's a little disappointing from my side because I couldn't convert them. Especially in the second set I felt like I should have dominate more in these moments and take the advantage, and I couldn't.

She had a very good momentum. Afterwards I felt like she strike very well and her shots and her trick shots were, you know, happening and she was confident. So I felt like it just changed in one second.

Yeah, I'm going to have to work more on that key points and that determination to be able to close there.

Q. I just wanted to ask you about the first match point. I don't know if you noticed, but Ons, she was sick at the back of the court just before she served for the match. I wondered kind of if you noticed and what you thought of it at the time, and whether anything like that has happened to you, either to you or on the other side of the net?

GARBINE MUGURUZA: I didn't thought about anything. You know, I was facing match point, so the fact that she was feeling like that didn't -- you know, I was concentrated in other things, how to play the point and how to keep myself in the match.

I have had many things during matches. I also throw up, I have been with cramps and, you know, you go through everything. It was a tough match, long, and it was, the heat was there, and, you know, she felt it, I guess.

Q. I wanted to ask you, as well, about the physicality, 2 hours 26, I think. I mean, I say it's hot, we think it's hot in Britain here, how did you find it out on court?

GARBINE MUGURUZA: I didn't feel the heat honestly. I felt the 2 hours and a half, very intense match, with a lot of movement, I had to move a lot around the court today. I did feel my body on the third set, like, Wow. I also fell a couple of times so I was not feeling really comfortable moving in Centre Court.

So that didn't help just to be more free in my head to move, like, as quick as possible.

Q. Away from the matches, I just wanted to ask you about Emma Raducanu, I know you hit with her a couple of times. I wanted to know what you thought of her and whether you're surprised to see her in the third round?

GARBINE MUGURUZA: I'm not surprised at all. We played actually a couple of times, and we talked after training and she had a great rhythm and a great attitude on court. You know, that I really noticed. There are so many players that play well, but, you know, she was so nice and humble and, you know, and I loved practicing with her. I will look forward to keep practicing with her next time.

Q. So you feel like she can have a bright future, obviously?

GARBINE MUGURUZA: I mean, to have a breakthrough, I think it's great that she's in third round. She's young and never easy to play on grass and on the big stage. You have to go through those emotions and believe in yourself.

I'm not surprised. If that's a question, I'm not surprised, because I think she's playing great. So now it's a little bit about believing in her, and she deserves to be here, as well.

Q. This is the second time you have played Ons. When you played her in Hobart, it was also super tight. I'm wondering, have you noticed any progress she's made since then? What do you make of her game at the moment?

GARBINE MUGURUZA: I think she's in a good moment. I feel like she's playing -- well, not now, but she's been playing well in the last year or year and a half, I would say. I think grass helps her game. I feel like she's very comfy.

I saw she won a tournament two weeks ago. You know, I think she's on. She's a very talented player. She needs to be with confidence and on to be able to play her game, and right now she is.

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