Coach Conchita Martinez believes Garbine Muguruza can go on to become world No1 after she won the Wimbledon women’s singles title for the first time.
Muguruza, 23, crushed Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in a surprisingly one-sided final on Saturday to claim her second grand slam crown, following success at the French Open last year.
Martinez, who won the title in 1994 and was the last Spaniard to do so before her pupil followed suit, insists Muguruza is already playing like the best player on the circuit.
“She did for the whole tournament,” said Martinez, who only stepped in as coach while Muguruza’s regular mentor Sam Sumyk was unavailable.
“She beat the No1 player, [Angelique] Kerber, she played really well in all of her matches. I think she’s going to be No5 after the win here and of course she can go all the way.”
Muguruza struggled with her own heightened expectations after winning her maiden grand slam at Roland Garros but, with that pressure now lifted, Martinez is convinced more will follow.
“I think so. She definitely has the potential and she definitely has the game,” she told the BBC. “I think she can do more, for sure.”
Further grand slam titles are the clear priority for Muguruza, who is happy to focus on silverware and let the rankings follow.
“My motivation is just to be able to be a good tennis player and come to the grand slams and be a threat,” said the Venezuela-born player, who banked £2.2m in prize money for winning Wimbledon.
“The ranking is temporary but it is really to be a good player and always have a chance to win a trophy. That is what I train for – on the days you don’t want to move, you remember, if I work hard then I might have a chance to be in a final and so then you are strong.”