Garbine Muguruza details how Serena Williams inspired her to 'dream big'


Garbine Muguruza reveals her mother used to encourage her to watch the Williams sisters and believe that one day she could be in their position.  Muguruza, 28, was just a little girl when Serena and Venus Williams were dominating the game.  Now, Muguruza is a two-time Grand Slam champion and has been the top-ranked player in the world.  "Serena Williams is a tennis player from another dimension; she’s unique and incomparable," Muguruza wrote for El Pais. "In my own case, she has been an inspiration and a true role model to follow in my career, as she no doubt has been for many other players as well. I started playing tennis at a club that was, of course, unlike the settings where I play now. It was a different world. And I remember my mother saying: 'Look at the Williams sisters. Look at the character and grit with which they play. You have to play like that and be like them. Someday you will be like them, Garbiñe.' At the time, I was a little girl, six or seven years old, and Serena and Venus were already playing and winning Grand Slams. From that moment on, I started to really dream big and to think that if I had character like that, I could become like Serena." Muguruza defeated Serena Williams for her first Major In 2015, Muguruza reached her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon final. In her first Major final, Muguruza suffered a defeat to her idol Serena Williams.  The following year, Muguruza clashed Williams in another Grand Slam final as she defeated the American in the French Open final for her first Grand Slam title In total, Muguruza and Williams clashed six times.  Muguruza actually finished with a good record versus Williams as they split their six meetings.  Their last meeting came in 2019 Indian Wells, when Muguruza was up by a set before Williams retired.