BIRMINGHAM, England - World No.14 Garbiñe Muguruza is drawing on her memories of the Aegon Classic as she prepares for this year's edition.
"I remember Birmingham was one of the first tournaments I ever played on grass and it was just a shock for me," she recalled ahead of her first-round match. "I also remember winning the doubles [with Carla Suárez Navarro] a few years ago."
The Spaniard's history here is helping her, she said: "You feel more happy to be here, more happy to perform."
The 2015 Wimbledon runner-up arrived in Birmingham early to get used to the surface switch from clay to grass.
"Everything is more fast," she explained. "Less physical, maybe, because the points last a few seconds - it's more about precision."
The 23-year-old has already moved on from losing her Roland Garros crown this month.
"I feel actually happy that the clay season is over," she laughed. "It's just another period of the year."