World No. 3 Garbine Muguruza insists there is “more competition than ever” on the WTA Tour.
“It is tough, there is a lot of competition, each tournament is a little bit that you never know who is going to win. If I am good with myself, I think I am a very difficult opponent to beat,” Mugaruza told Mundo Deportivo, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “But feeling good I have also lost because the others play very well. There is more competition than ever.”
Serena Williams dominated the WTA Tour for a long time but she hasn’t won a Grand Slam since 2017.
“There is no longer the domination of Serena or something like that, now it is like each player that plays the best that week is going to take it away,” the Spaniard said. “Because I also don’t see that anyone is regularly winning titles. Out of thirty tournaments this year, almost all of them are different champions.”
Muguruza keeps it humble
Muguruza said she is gradually working toward gaining a place among the best Spanish players of all time.
“I think Arantxa is ahead of me and Conchita also has thirty-odd titles,” Muguruza said. “There are things in others I lack. I think that Arantxa is still ahead in female tennis players, but I think so, that little by little I am gaining a place among the best.”
Muguruza is thrilled with the state of Spanish tennis on the WTA Tour as she insists no one is surprised when a Spanish players win a big title.
“Spanish tennis, in recent years, has had so much success that no one is surprised anymore when some of us win an important tournament like the WTA Finals. Many things that were extraordinary before are now considered as normal,” Muugruza said.
Muguruza finished 2021 with a maiden WTA Finals title after beating Anett Kontaveit in the final in Gudalajara.