Spain’s Garbine Muguruza said she had doubts she would ever win again after capturing her first grand slam title in Paris earlier this year.
After winning at Roland Garros, Muguruza was knocked out of Wimbledon and the US Open in the second round and only went one stage better in the singles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.
“To win Roland Garros was the best and the worst thing for me this year,” Muguruza told Spanish newspaper Marca at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
“I felt this incredible adrenaline rush, but then you get the blues,” she said. “Doubts emerge, like: ‘can I win again?’”
“When you are ranked second and the No. 1 spot is almost 1,000 points away, you think the only way is down and that is difficult to manage,” she said.
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The world No.6 said she is learning to cope with expectations and to be patient.
“I have more responsibility, more pressure, more eyes on me and you feel that winning is an obligation. I can be my worst enemy,” she said.
Muguruza lost her opening game on Monday in Singapore, going down 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5 to Karolina Pliskova.
Her next match is against Agnieszka Radwanska on Tuesday.