LONDON. — Newly-crowned Wimbledon women’s tennis champion Garbine Muguruza says she would rather be ranked 10th in the world and win more Grand Slams than focus on reaching the top of the rankings.
Muguruza beat five-times champion Venus Williams in straight sets on Saturday to win her second major tournament after her triumph at the French Open in 2016.
The Spaniard went into Wimbledon ranked 15th in the world and her victory at the All England Club will push her up to fifth in the WTA Rankings when they are published on Monday.
The 23-year-old says she cares little for the ranking number next to her name, however.
“I think unless you are number one, because that is incredible . . . I have been number two, I have been three and failed to win a Grand Slam and there is no comparison,” she told a small group of international reporters.
“It is just having the trophy, having to have played all the matches. You have to play seven matches and you can face the one, the three, everyone.
“It is a different feeling. I don’t know what it feels like to be number one; hopefully one day I can be and I can compare but for now I’d rather be 10 and win Grand Slams than be number one,” said Muguruza, who beat Williams 7-5, 6-0. — Reuters.