“Oh my God. I have to make it. Look now we’re here…For me it was just a dream come true to play here,” Garbine Muguruza said with a huge grin after capturing her first WTA Final title in Guadalajara, Mexico over Aneta Kontaveit. Many players had reservations and anxieties about playing at the event where it’s over 5,000 feet in elevation above sea level. But not Muguruza, who kept adjusting her game and letting the altitude tennis balls fly to be victorious over her opponents at the end.
The Spanish came across tangibles throughout the season beginning with the Australian Open making it to the fourth round only to be defeated by Japan’s Naomi Osaka. Garbine Muguruza’s ability to fight a good fight was ever-present at the Qatar Open when she made it to the final with Petra Kvitova only to fall in straight sets. But Garbine wasn’t disappointed in Dubai where she won the title against Barbora Krejcikova, another participant at the WTA finals in Mexico.
But after the title there was a drought and frustration crept in at losing and not going deep in five straight tournaments. The grass season wasn’t expecially going well at the Berlin event or Wimbledon either. It was the same players that she was paired with and the same she’d lost to especially at the last tournament, the Kremlin Cup and losing to Aneta Kontaveit. Muguruza might have played her grudge match at the end of the Mexico event. She felt accomplished to have defeated the Estonian and to be the first Spaniard ever to win the title.
The round robin tournament was tough but Muguruza says “I tell myself I’m in Mexico. I love it here. This is the final push. I’m going to give everything I have…I always have a chance because I’ve played all of them. I’ve beaten some, lost to some…” She would make an incredible run in guaGuadalajarahanging her style of play on some and keeping them guessing with others. She’d been pushed to three sets and then many matches she won straight away. Garbine Muguruza was very happy with her performances in general and capturing the title in Mexico proving to be the best player on the WTA tour and the first Spaniard to ever win the crown. She left with a good feeling and philosophy of the tournament saying “You never feel like you don’t have a chance…that’s where I get my fuel.” As for time off, she will be relieved and relaxed about the upcoming 2022 season where choosing events may take strategic turns and changes. She gave a big grin and said simply, “I’m very excited to keep my options alive.”