Muguruza feels like a contender whenever she steps on the court

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Garbine Muguruza is playing extremely well at Roland Garros this year. (AP)

Spain's Garbine Muguruza is calling herself a potential champion at the French Open again, and playing like it. The two-time Grand Slam winner  blew through her third round match against Sam Stosur, who is a former finalist in Paris.

“I believe I can hold a trophy—not only here, I believe I can do it in every tournament I play," she said. "Of course here it's so many matches. It's a very long tournament. But I'm pleased with my performance today. I think it was never easy match against [a] Grand Slam champion, [and] she did a final here. I'm pleased because I felt in control in the match.”

Match point from Muguruza's first-round win over Svetlana Kuznetsova: 
 
The 24-year-old Spaniard won the French Open in 2016, beating Stosur in the semifinals and then she stunned Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 in the final. In 2017, she fell in the fourth round at Roland Garros, against France's Kristina Mladenovic, but then won Wimbledon.

While she did not do much on clay coming into Paris,  she is now playing better and better and wants to use her Slam experience in the second week.

 
“Once you have won Grand Slams,  you have prove[n] that you can do it,” she said. “. But from that, I think a lot of players have a lot of chances. That's something that's not going to help you put the forehand down the line inside. Of course, mentally you know you can do it, and that gives you more belief.” 

She will face Lesia Tsurenko in the fourth round.


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