NEW YORK — Garbine Muguruza returns to the US Open for the fifth time in her career, but for the first time as a two-time Grand Slam champion.
"When I go back home I feel a lot of support from my people but nothing has changed honestly," Muguruza told Baseline. "I'm the same person. I like that. I just look forward for more."
Despite never going beyond the second round in New York, the 23-year-old is going into the draw as a huge favorite.
"I always come very happy here to do well and to improve that," Muguruza said. "But I'm still looking for what is the secret recipe, so hopefully this year I find it."
Helping the world No. 3 along her path to a third major will be the new Babolat Pure Drive, which was officially launched on Friday in New York. Painted in a brilliant blue, the Spaniard has an affinity for the bright color.
"I really liked it because it had the power I wanted and the control. It was a balance between power and control, so it fits really my game," Muguruza said. "The first thing I saw was the color, obviously, and I felt like it's so shiny and so electric, it's perfect for me."
She also appreciates the new campaign slogan, "Fear nothing."
"My game and my vision of tennis is to be fearless on the court so I really feel I can identify with that," she said.
The new 2018 Pure Drive was unveiled in a unique setting, a black lit, neon-lined indoor tennis court where stars like Kim Clijsters, Fabio Fognini and Muguruza hit in the nightclub-like darkness.