Spain's Garbine Muguruza had to have her mobile
phone "confiscated" by her coach to tone down the hysteria level after
her knockout of Serena Williams at the French Open.
The Spanish/Venezuelan 20-year-old based in
Barcelona followed up her major upset by reaching the fourth round over
Anna Schmiedlova. She admitted that coach Aledo Mancisidor took
temporary charge of her phone mainly to prevent distractions during the
run of her career.
"I went to the hotel directly, and my coach
said, 'Don't touch the mobile. Leave it in my room like for two
hours. So I gave him the mobile. I'm not going to see anything (around
her). I'll just concentrate, I have another match. It's a big win,
but you have to continue now because you are still in the tournament.
It was kind of funny."
Muguruza said she was "allowed" to speak with
her family but was to ignore texts and other messages from well-meaning
friends. But she is now back in possession of her device.
This youngest player is part of a new wave of
talent making itself felt at Roland Garros. "I think at some point young
players will become like in the top. There are so many young players
that are playing really good. Maybe it's time for a change."