Spanish champion Garbine Muguruza was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on October 8, 1993. Her first big success on the WTA Tour came in 2014, when she neatly defeated Klara Zakopalova to go and lift the Hobart trophy. Two years later she overtook Serena Williams on clay at the Roland Garros to take her first Grand Slam trophy.
In 2017, beating Venus Williams this time, Garbine also won an edition of Wimbledon. It was in September 2017 that Muguruza reached the top of the WTA world rankings, which she held for a total of four weeks.
Muguruza: "I would have liked to do better in the Slams"
The 27-year-old born in Caracas overtook Ons Jabeur to take the Chicago trophy, her second title of 2021 after that of Dubai.
During an interview with Punto de Break, Muguruza said: "It was strange to play two fewer games than usual to get to the final running into a great tennis player like Ons Jabeur. When this happens, you get to the last game fresher, but it's not easy to manage mentally.
I am very happy to have succeeded and to be able to show all this energy on the court." Then she added "Of course I would have liked to have had better results in the Grand Slam tournaments, but I feel that my level of play has been very good throughout the year.
I have been on the circuit for a long time and I know how difficult it is to win the titles. Having reached four finals and won two trophies this season is a sign that I am doing things right. Winning a tournament, whatever it is, is always a great reward."
Garbine then concluded: "After what happened with Covid, I appreciate even more the fact that I have fans in the stands and that there is a good atmosphere on the court. Feeling that you are putting on a show in front of the public is an indescribable feeling and I think that in Mexico we will enjoy a vibrant atmosphere, I think women's tennis will appreciate it."