Muguruza takes a balanced view

31 December 2016 05:52:26 EST

French Open champion Garbine Muguruza is determined to enjoy both the ups and downs of the game as she prepares to begin her 2017 campaign.

The 23-year-old Spaniard claimed her first Grand Slam title in Paris six months ago, rising to number two in the world rankings as a result, however she then fell in the second round of both Wimbledon and the US Open.

I honestly have no expectations because anything can happen.

Garbine Muguruza

She rounded off 2016 by failing to progress past the group stage at the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore, but Muguruza says she  is well prepared to try and rediscover her top form when the new season gets under way.

She told the official WTA Tour website: "I just want to go out there and see what happens. I honestly have no expectations because anything can happen - that's my mindset, very simple.

"All I'm thinking now is about 2017. There were some very good moments in 2016, very bad too. I think every year is like this.

"Every year that goes (by) I'm more calm, less dramatic. The feelings are not new anymore. When you're not playing well, when you're playing really good, you just know how to handle yourself a little bit more."

The first major challenge for Muguruza next year comes at the Australian Open, with the Spaniard having yet to make it past round four in Melbourne, having been ousted by Barbora Strycova in round three 12 months ago.

Muguruza can be backed at 10/1 to win the Australian Open, with defending champion Angelique Kerber 10/3 and Simona Halep 1212/1.

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