Garbiñe Muguruza is on a hot streak of form on the court - and in the kitchen.
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - Drama always follows Garbiñe Muguruza to Wimbledon.

Not necessarily on the court - where she has not yet dropped a set in the 2017 tournament - but off it, when she is trying to wind down at home.

"Every time I come to Wimbledon, a lot of things happen in that house," Muguruza told reporters.

"I love red meat. We were doing nice steaks - I think I did a lot of steaks. It was so much smoke that the fire alarm was, like, under where you cook. I'm like, 'Why do you put a fire alarm there?'"

Of course the alarm was triggered - and Muguruza and her team took a while to work out how to stop the noise.

It wasn't quite the quiet, chilled-out time Muguruza was hoping for when she stepped into the kitchen.

"I always cook. I love it. It relaxes me," she explained.

After a dominant 6-2, 6-2 display over Sorana Cirstea, the Spaniard faces Angelique Kerber in a blockbuster round of 16 match-up. She is not devising a special gameplan for the World No.1; she intends to ensure she maintains her own performance.

"I think when you play top players, first of all you [have] got to have your best level," she explained. "I think I kind of found a good level, good shots, good serve, playing against her. I think it's very important to play well, otherwise you have no chance."

Garbiñe Muguruza (Getty)
Garbiñe Muguruza (Getty)

The German is under pressure as she seeks to retain her top spot in the rankings - but Muguruza does not think that adds any additional spice to their Monday encounter.

"It's another match," she said. "I played a lot of times against her, and I know her game. But nothing changes. I had tough matches with people that, you know, were not in the top, top level. Then you play people in the top level. You never know how it's going to go. For me, it's just another exciting match."

And the former French Open champion is not getting carried away with thoughts of a potential final in a remarkably open women's singles draw in SW19.

"Maybe everybody's thinking, 'Oh, what a nice chance'," she reflected. "But I [have] got to go out there and make that true. I'm motivated. I have [the] toughest rounds to come. I'm just looking forward for it."

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