World No. 5 Garbine Muguruza believes she was drawn into the toughest group at the WTA Finals but insists she is ready for the challenge.
Muguruza, who is set to make her fourth WTA Finals appearance, will be battling Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Krejcikova and Anett Kontaveit for a place in the semifinal at the season-ending event.
“I think I got the toughest group. I know Karolina is more experienced, of course, playing the Finals. I feel like Krejcikova is having a great year and winning a major. Kontaveit, she has the biggest confidence, like crazy confidence. It’s going to be a tough group. The other group is also tough, of course,” Muguruza said, per the WTA website.
“I’m going to have to play well and manage to get to the semifinal. That’s the whole point of the round robin, to get those matches on your way.”
Muguruza thrilled to have the WTA Finals staged in Latin America
The WTA Finals were relocated from Shenhen to Guadalajara for this year’s edition.
“To be really honest, I never thought that Latin America would hold a Masters Final just because it is very complicated, many aspects. When Steve [Simon, WTA CEO and Chairman] said that Guadalajara was an option, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, are you sure?’ You mean Guadalajara, Mexico, right, not another Guadalajara? I was so nervous to make it happen. Now I want it even more,” Muguruza said.
“It’s always great to play the WTA Final, but not the same for me playing China to playing Latin America. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That had a big effect on me. It’s great because tennis in Latin America, women’s tennis is not a priority. Now people can see it. I feel like now it’s possible that which seemed impossible.
“I hope other countries are going to get more excited. It would be amazing to have a little tour in South America at some point during the calendar.”