Garbine Muguruza: Paula Badosa has always had talent, now she’s putting it together

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza is thrilled that her country will have two players in the semifinal at the WTA Finals..

Muguruza, ranked at No. 5 in the world, beat Anett Kontaveit 6-4 6-4 in her final group stage match to set up a Paula Badosa semifinal. 

“It’s amazing there are four players left and two of them are Spaniards. I mean, that just shows that Spain has a great level of tennis and a great school. It’s going to be a fun match. It’s like you said, historical. Hopefully the crowd is going to be on the match. Whoever plays better is going to get the final,” Muguruza said, per the WTA website.

Muguruza speaks highly of Badosa 

Badosa, who recently captured her maiden Masters title, is now two wins away from the WTA Finals.

“I’ve been very happy for her,” Muguruza said. “She started the year obviously further back. She made her way to the top playing amazing, winning Indian Wells. We shared fun moments in the Olympics. We’ve talked a little bit. We get to know a little bit more of each other. It’s a special week to bond.

“She’s always had the talent. I think now she’s putting the puzzle together. She’s playing great. Everybody can see it.”

At the start of the tournament, 23-year-old Badosa spoke about the respect and admiration she has for Muguruza.

“She is a player who has always been a mirror in which to look at myself,” Badosa said of Muguruza, per Arab News. “She broke all the stereotypes. Such a dynamic and aggressive game was not common in Spanish tennis.

“She is tall, different, my favorite. She has a game that I loved when I was growing up. I have always said that I would like to go where she has arrived. I am getting closer to her level and it’s an honor to have two Spanish women here”.

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