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spiceboy
Mar 26th, 2012, 09:42 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/page/GettingToKnow/Read/0,,12781~2693727,00.html

Getting To Know... Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco

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MIAMI, FL, USA - When the draw for the Sony Ericsson Open (http://www.wtatennis.com/page/Tournaments/Info/0,,12781~837,00.html) was made seven days ago, Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/garbine-muguruza-blanco_2257889_15292) was one of eight wildcards looking to make a mark at Crandon Park. And make a mark she has, storming into the fourth round on her WTA debut and notching up wins over Vera Zvonareva (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/vera-zvonareva_2257889_9376) and Flavia Pennetta (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/flavia-pennetta_2257889_6578) along the way.
After her thrilling three-set triumph over Pennetta, wtatennis.com had a quick chat with Garbiñe to find out what makes the talented teenager tick.

How did you get into tennis?
GMB: It was thanks to my brothers, who played at a tennis club in Venezuela. I started going along with them when I was about three and then started to hit a few balls. When I was six I moved to Barcelona and started to play more and more.
Tell us a little bit about your family?
GMB: I'm half Spanish, half Venezuelan and was born in Caracas. My father, Jose Antonio, is Spanish, and my mother is from Venezuela and is called Scarlet. My father owns a small company in Venezuela that joins metal together, and my mother is a housewife. I also have two brothers, Asier and Igor, who are 10 and 11 years older than me; one is studying engineering and the other economics.
Who coaches you at the moment?
GMB: I'm part of a group of 11 girls at the moment. We have six coaches, who we share, and the group is based in Barcelona. Mainly it's Alejo Manasidor and Xavier Budo, but there isn't just one coach I work with, it can be a different one each week.
How do you describe your playing style and what are your strengths?
GMB: I try to play very aggressive and I think my serve is strong. That is what I have worked a lot on recently and I think it's the best part of my game. As I'm still young, I'm trying to work on all areas, not just my serve.
What are your goals for the season?
GMB: I just want to work hard every day and at every tournament. But I don't like to make long-term goals, just take one step at a time and keep improving.
Did you have a tennis idol growing up?
GMB: Martina Hingis (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/martina-hingis_2257889_3491) and Serena Williams (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/serena-williams_2257889_9044) were my favorite player when I was growing up. I really loved Martina's style of play and would like to be able to play the same! Now, I look up to players like Victoria Azarenka (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/victoria-azarenka_2257889_11289) and Maria Sharapova (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/maria-sharapova_2257889_9499) as they play a similar style to me and I think I can learn from them.
What's your best tennis memory so far?
GMB: Winning my first tournament when I was a girl. I was six and it was such an amazing feeling getting that trophy.
What is your favorite city?
GMB: After this week, Miami! I really like the weather, the beach, although I've been so busy I haven't had too much time to do sightseeing.
If you weren't a tennis player, what job would you like to do?
GMB: I did quite well at school, so I think I would like to study. Maybe to become a journalist, as I think I'd be good at investigating and covering the news.
What do you like to do in your spare time to relax?
GMB: Usually, I like to hang out in Barcelona with friends, going to the beach, watching action films, music, reading and shopping. Yeah, lots of shopping, shopping, shopping!
What type of music do you like?
GMB: Mainly English and American music - I'm not really a fan of Spanish music. At the moment I like Rihanna and David Guetta a lot.
If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
GMB: Fighter
If you could meet anyone in the world who would you like it to be?
GMB: I'm not sure. Maybe Brad Pitt?
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
GMB: I'm actually a good cook. When I am at home with my family I am always baking deserts, cakes and muffins for my mother and father. I like to cook things with sugar in them, which isn't the best for my training!

Queenpova
Mar 26th, 2012, 09:48 PM
Did you have a tennis idol growing up?
GMB: Martina Hingis. I really loved Martina's style of play and would like to be able to play the same


YAS GURL.

Sammo
Mar 26th, 2012, 09:50 PM
Ew, she looks like Marc Lopez.

http://img01.mundodeportivo.com/2012/03/19/Marc-Lopez-y-Rafa-Nadal-posan-_54271784686_54115221154_600_396.jpg

And by the way aren't her brothers a bit old to still be in university? :lol:

oliverbecken
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:26 AM
I still believe that she has room for improvement in her serve, forehand and net-game ;)

Her backhand is really really good as it is! :lol:

Rest Maria!
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:33 AM
Did you have a tennis idol growing up?
GMB: Martina Hingis. I really loved Martina's style of play and would like to be able to play the same


YAS GURL.

But then you have "Now, I look up to players like Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova as they play a similar style to me and I think I can learn from them." which is completely opposite to Hingis' style.:rolleyes:

Darop.
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:40 AM
Wasn't she supposed to be hot?

She looks a bit like Falconi in that picture :o

Kəv.
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:01 AM
She looks like Falconi/McHale mixed together.

kusiak
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:24 AM
But then you have "Now, I look up to players like Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova as they play a similar style to me and I think I can learn from them." which is completely opposite to Hingis' style.:rolleyes:

Yes, because like someone said sometimes ago: "No one plays like Hingis, no one could". Martina is the only one and special, the best hands ever and for me the most talented that ever played a game :D Legend forever!

oliverbecken
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:52 AM
Yes, because like someone said sometimes ago: "No one plays like Hingis, no one could". Martina is the only one and special, the best hands ever and for me the most talented that ever played a game :D Legend forever!

This!

You can have a hero/legend that you really like see playing or his/her style, but obviously people has different strengths when come to sports and it's very difficult trying to imitate a style/technique in tennis (impossible when Hingis' name is around... :lol:)

Israel
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:23 PM
If she really plays like Sharapova/Azarenka and doesn't grunt she will be very interesting to watch. Also it would be quite refreshing to see someone with a good serve :P

RobinT83
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:49 PM
Who is that poster who said she's a mix of Amanmuradova and Baghdatis? :scratch::devil:

oliverbecken
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:49 PM
Garbine is pretty! Btw, doesn't matters in order to play good tennis, right? :angel:

borck
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:56 PM
http://tenisbase.com/img16/F16821.jpg
Garbiñe 16 years old

Kworb
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:03 PM
Martina Hingis and Serena Williams were my favorite player when I was growing up.

:hearts:

Now, I look up to players like Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova

:unsure:

xieergai
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:29 PM
:bounce:Nice girl.

cescsas
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:30 PM
Made my heart sink when she says she plays in the same style as Azarenka and Sharapova:facepalm:

SAISAI-GOAT
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:35 PM
her game is similar to Sharapova and Azarenka :spit:

Ashi
Mar 27th, 2012, 04:56 PM
Ohmy......for a couple of days I thought this was a nickname for Sabine, with the way she's being playing recently. :O

spiceboy
Mar 27th, 2012, 05:38 PM
her game is similar to Sharapova and Azarenka :spit:

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oliverbecken
Mar 27th, 2012, 05:42 PM
Vaya ostias mete!!! :drool:

Aravanecaravan
Mar 27th, 2012, 05:52 PM
She's a brilliant young talent. And while she may have a similar style to Azapova--with better movement and court coverage, IMHO--thank GOD she does not imitate their horrible worst quality, that banal shrieking.

I agree with her self-assessment that her serve is quite strong already and one of her best weapons--in the four matches I saw the past two weeks, it was a tremendous weapon for her, and she was a very composed young lady on the court. No temper tantrums, no slamming racquets or tennis balls, no outward shows of emotion, and very few instances of looking over at coach or even calling him to the court. There aren't many seasoned vets on tour you can even say that about these days. To me this reflects on her maturity and mental strength.

She did have her calf and shin wrapped against Pennetta, so I hope that was not a factor against Radwanska. But 11 matches in 2 weeks is a ton of tennis for anybody, so maybe her body was starting to feel it.

I think she has the potential and the game to go a long, long way. At some point within the next three years, I find it very hard to believe, with her game, that she won't be challenging for a major title.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll37/IHeartMasha/407497_10151092811690574_641185573_22487970_145894 8996_n.jpg

New_balls_please
Mar 27th, 2012, 06:29 PM
I liked what I saw :bigclap: Garbine seems to hit really hard and she has pretty good groundstrokes :drool:

I had to mute the video though :facepalm:

Queenpova
Mar 27th, 2012, 06:45 PM
Another CSN who people think will be a top 10 and is just a fluke

SpanishSuenos
Mar 27th, 2012, 06:59 PM
Yes, because like someone said sometimes ago: "No one plays like Hingis, no one could". Martina is the only one and special, the best hands ever and for me the most talented that ever played a game :D Legend forever!

Agree !
Lot of players admire her , in intervievs they say,that she was really clever at the court. But their style is completely different.

Coconut91
Mar 27th, 2012, 07:02 PM
Another CSN who people think will be a top 10 and is just a fluke

Well, contrary to CSN, Garbiñe has a good serve and power on both wings. That is a crucial difference.

Queenpova
Mar 27th, 2012, 07:07 PM
Well, contrary to CSN, Garbiñe has a good serve and power on both wings. That is a crucial difference.

I want her to succeed, as she is española, pero lo dudo... we have seen players like this have good tournaments and then go back to obscurity... maybe she'll be a steady top 50 player not much more IMO, i hope I'm wrong

Aravanecaravan
Mar 27th, 2012, 08:16 PM
Well, contrary to CSN, Garbiñe has a good serve and power on both wings. That is a crucial difference.

:lol: That's actually about THREE crucial differences! Vamos, Garbiñe!

Queenpova
Mar 27th, 2012, 08:57 PM
CSN beat venus a couple times, garbiñe has beat 2 players that while good, one is a mental case and the other 1 is kinda of basic

Petkorazzi
Mar 27th, 2012, 08:59 PM
Tall girl with a great serve, huge backhand and decent forehand? Mona Barthel? :confused:

oliverbecken
Mar 28th, 2012, 10:47 AM
As much as I like Garbi, I will be very happy if she has a consistent career around top-20/50, and hopefully reaching some 2nd weeks in GS. Her groundstrokes seem really good, but I feel that they are a bit risky and maybe it can be bad for her. Hoping I'm wrong and she can be a name in the future! :hearts: