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Wimbledon 2016: Beaten Garbine Muguruza admits she's on a learning curve after her French Open win

By Staff Reporter

Published 01/07/2016

Wave goodbye: Jana Cepelova celebrates her victory over Gabrine Muguruza
Wave goodbye: Jana Cepelova celebrates her victory over Gabrine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza said winning the French Open had turned her into a target after the Spanish World No. 2 crashed out of Wimbledon.

The second seed lost 6-3 6-2 to Slovak qualifier Jana Cepelova, the World No. 124, in yesterday's second round and admitted that lower-ranked players would now raise their game to claim her scalp.

"It's part of being at the top level. I would not change that. Every time I step on the court, they want to beat me so much. They're all loose because they don't have anything to lose," the 22-year-old said.

"There are more expectations from other people. But I just had a very clear feeling it was going to be a rough tournament for me after winning a Grand Slam and coming here. Everybody is looking at me.

"But I like that. It puts me in a good situation. Hopefully I can keep it like this."

The new Roland Garros champion said she would have to rethink her preparations - and hammering herself into the ground practicing might not be the wisest option.

"It is very difficult. I'm just experiencing a lot of things so fast," last year's Wimbledon runner-up said.

"It's my first time after a great result, coming to another Grand Slam. So I'm trying to discover how I'm going to feel, how I have to go on court, how I have to rest more.

"I'm just dealing with it. I think it's hard. I'm doing it my way, trying to prepare for every match, trying to be focused in every practice.

"One day it's going to go my way, another day. Hopefully my consistency will improve and I'll be able to go deep in all the tournaments."

The Caracas-born right-hander admitted that it had been a learning experience since claiming the French Open crown, and the process was ongoing. Muguruza said she felt drained on court and even felt sick as she sank to Cepelova.

"I'm going to learn that you really need to concentrate on how to recover, and don't reach a moment where your energy is too low," she said. "You've got to be ready. You cannot go out there not at your best.

"I just have to recover a little bit and get my energy back, then be good again."

Cepelova said: "I'm so happy. I played really well and I think I deserved to win. I'm really surprised. I didn't expect to win these two sets.

"Last year I beat Simona Halep on this court and I have great memories. I'm so happy, so happy. I have beaten some great players."

Meanwhile, Martina Navratilova has said "it stinks" that five-time champion Venus Williams was told to play her second round match on the smallest of Wimbledon's six show courts.

Williams, 36, beat 20-year-old Greek qualifier Maria Sakkari 7-5 4-6 6-3 and will face Russian Darya Kasatkina in the last 32.

A backlog of matches caused by the wet weather meant yesterday was busier than usual, with several first round matches having been incomplete.

Navratilova wrote on Twitter: "It's because of the weather but it still stinks, no more of that nonsense."

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