STANFORD, CA, USA - As it turns out, Garbiñe Muguruza never did get that dance with Roger Federer at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner. After winning her second major title at Wimbledon, Muguruza joked with reporters that she wanted to see Federer's moves on the dancefloor at the glamorous gala. Federer was down for it, too.
"Well, this is what happened," Muguruza told reporters with a laugh during All Access Hour at the Bank of the West Classic. "I was excited to go there but it was more serious than I thought. I don't know, the British people were very serious. They were perfect and very nice but no rhythm. There was no music.
"How am I going to dance if there isn't even music? If that, then there's no chance it's gonna happen. So no. I was really looking forward to it."
Muguruza didn't get the dance but life has been the perfect balance of rest, revelry and reboot since becoming the youngest woman to win multiple Slam titles two weeks ago. The Wimbledon winner is already looking ahead to the North American hardcourt season, which begins at the Bank of the West Classic this week. The Spaniard is the top seed in Stanford and will open her tournament on Wednesday night against American teenager Kayla Day.
"I'm here because I want to win, of course," Muguruza said. "Every tournament counts because -- the tournaments before the Grand Slams really tell you if you're prepared or not prepared."
Preparation has been the focus for Muguruza after taking some time after Wimbledon to wind down. She reunited with her coach Sam Sumyk, who was unable to be at Wimbledon for family reasons, and was hungry to get back to work.
"I've been very relaxed," Muguruza said. "Didn't do a lot of crazy things. I was busy but I was relaxed and organizing well my days to rest a little bit, be with my family, go to the beach.
"I started practicing very early. I did not want to wait so long because I ended up pretty good with my body so I said hey, let's keep training and come to Stanford."
All eyes will be on the 23-year-old this summer as Muguruza looks to avoid the post-Slam slump that seemed to plague her for months after winning her maiden Slam last year at the French Open.
"[At the] French Open I was more shocked and it was more emotional," Muguruza explained. "Being the first, it was a little bit more emotional. I had to play right away on grass and it was very different. I don't think I could really realize it until a couple of weeks later.
"This one caught me in a more experienced moment. I know where I stand a little bit more. I'm not that surprised. So I look forward to just keep playing, basically."
"It was very hard always to keep winning every week. I know it's going to be hard again now. But this time I'm not worried because I know it's more normal. I'm going to be less frustrated. I expect that it can happen. Hopefully, I'm going to work and just be humble and try to not expect myself to play the way I played those two weeks for the rest of the year because it's difficult."
The summer hardcourt season is set up to be an exciting one as the top women begin their sprint towards the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Muguruza rocketed up to No.3 on the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard after her triumphant fortnight and she says she's relishing the weekly jockeying for position as each woman chases the mantle of being "The Player to Beat."
"Everybody's like 'Who's going to be the next face?'" Muguruza said. "'Do you see yourself as the next one?' For sure it's a good moment. It's a good moment now because it's naturally happening. There are a bunch of women in that position, so there's choices.
"Right now I feel like different people are winning so you never know who is going to be. Now we have a new No.1 but it feels like if another player plays a little bit well then the rankings gonna change. Right now I don't see anyone as 'the new face'. It's diversity now. It's good.
"Sooner or later someone is going to [become the new face of women’s tennis]. But right now it's the moment of options. In a while it's going to be...boom."