Playing point by point helped Garbine Muguruza win her first Wimbledon title, according to Fed Cup captain Conchita Martinez, who coached her during the tournament.
Muguruza defeated five-time champion Venus Williams in the final, and also scored wins against No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber and two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on her way to her second Grand Slam title.
"The whole two weeks, she's played every point of every single match. That, mentally, is very strong, and you can see players break down with that," Martinez told a small group of journalists. "For me, high intensity when you play a match is very important. She sort of did that. She play relaxed, but with a lot of intensity. Just point by point, I try to tell her, don't think of anything else."
Martinez also said they worked on Muguruza's serving, including using more slice and going into the body.
"She's very powerful player. It's very important that she stays very aggressive, that she pushes and she goes for it," she said. "Sometimes you're going to win playing unbelievable, sometimes you're going to win playing ugly. The semifinals, I just told her, it's another match, not a semifinal. And today, it's another match, another day."
Muguruza's regular coach, Sam Sumyk, was not at the event because his wife is expecting their first child. Martinez, who is the Spanish Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain, will not extend her expanded coaching role beyond this tournament.
"I'm always in contact with every player," she said. "But Sam, her coach, is going to step in now."
Muguruza will climb to No. 5 in the rankings with the victory.
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