Garbine Muguruza says it is good to have Serena Williams back challenging for Grand Slam honours
Williams’ two-year reign as Wimbledon champion ended 12 months ago when she missed the grass-court Grand Slam while she prepared for the September birth of her first child.
The American was controversially stripped of her world No 1 title upon her return and was unseeded at the French Open.
Williams played her first Grand Slam for over a year at the French Open last month, reaching the fourth round before a shoulder injury forced her to quit ahead of her clash with old rival Maria Sharapova.
French Open chiefs decided against seeding Williams, but Wimbledon officials placed her 25th despite a low ranking of 181 after her maternity absence.
Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!! pic.twitter.com/xXb3BKDGNF
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 29, 2018
In the American’s absence, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza won Wimbledon for the first time with a final victory over Serena’s sister Venus.
Winning Wimbledon for the eighth time on the event’s 150th anniversary would be another memorable moment for Serena on the Centre Court she regards as a second home.
Defending champion Muguruza played on Centre Court this afternoon as she emerged victorious over Briton Naomi Broady.
But even though the Spaniard has a tougher field this year, she is glad to see Williams back in action.
“She’s one of the greatest,” Muguruza said.
“It’s good to have her in the draw. You always want to face the best opponents.
“Yeah, I don’t think there’s something different. She’s back, and it’s good.
“It is a tournament decision. I feel like if they seeded her, there are going to be critics.
“If they don’t, there are going to be critics. Every next scenario, there is going to be something.
“It is what it is. She’s seeded. The tournament can do that if he wants to.
“Of course, she’s five, six times champion here, so… I think it’s understandable.”
Despite the improved draw, Muguruza is still hopeful of winning her second Wimbledon title.
“I’m here to try to win another Wimbledon, not really to defend the title. I think it’s just a new year, it’s a new field. That’s it. I think just good memories,” she added.
“Of course, it’s a special situation to come back to the Grand Slam that you won last year. You’re very emotional and happy.
“I think I give it less important right now. I think it’s just doesn’t really matter what happened in 2017. It’s just about this year.
“I think that’s what I had to learn in French Open. This year it’s different. Different mentality.”