Garbiñe Muguruza, first Spanish champion of the WTA Finals


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Garbiñe Muguruza, first Spanish champion of the WTA Finals

Garbiñe Muguruza (5th in the world, 28 years old) made history in Guadalajara after imposing against Anett Kontaveit by 6-3 and 7-5. The triumph makes her the first Spanish tennis player to conquer the WTA Finals. The dream close to a year in which he climbed more than 10 positions in the rankings to return to the Top 3 after several seasons.

He started his 2021 at No. 15 in the world. Battled with the best to win Dubai, Chicago and the WTA Finals. Performances that return Garbiñe to the highest elite of women’s tennis: she will close the year, thanks to her extraordinary journey in Guadalajara, as the third best player in the ranking, a position she has not been part of since July 2018.

He arrived in Mexico and joined the Teotihuacán Group next to Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova and Anett Kontaveit. The stumble in her start against Pliskova would be in the past as the week progressed. He achieved victory in the last two dates of the round-robin and reached the semifinals of the WTA Finals for the first time since 2015. There he starred in the crossing of compatriots versus Paula Badosa, recent winner of Indian Wells, and took over the triumph again in straight sets to land in the last instance of the contest.

In the title battle against Kontaveit, Garbiñe won 6-3; 7-5 and became the first Spanish tennis player to lift the Billie Jean King Trophy. The best performance so far had been the final he reached Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in 1993.


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