Former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza thinks having two players from Spain at the WTA Finals will motivate young girls from Spain and Latin America to pick a racket and work hard. Muguruza is set to make her fourth appearance at the WTA Finals, while Indian Wells Masters champion Paula Badosa is set for a debut at the season-ending event.
"It's been 21 years since two players from Spain qualified. This is going to motivate young girls from Spain, Latin America. They can relate, hear us talk, get a more familiar feeling of tennis, not always seeing foreign players.
This time they can be more close to us," Muguruza said, per WTA Insider.
Muguruza set to return to action
Muguruza didn't represent Spain at the Billlie Jean King Cup so she could focus on recovering in time for the WTA Finals.
"Unfortunately I will not be able to play the Billie Jean King Cup this year. The last mi this have obviously been very demanding with the Olympics, Chicago and the new date of Indian Wells. I have not been home since July.
The recovery on my ankle is taking a little longer than expected and I will spend the next weeks trying to get ready for Guadalajara," Muguruza announced in a Twitter post. After winning Indian Wells, Badosa admitted it would be a dream come true to qualify for the WTA Finals.
"It would mean a lot. I was talking two days ago with my team, I was super excited," Badosa told the WTA Tour. "I want to go there. I've always seen the Finals on TV and imagine me going there? I was super excited.
I was getting excited, like, I have to take a dress to go there. So imagine, I was like a little girl, you know? "And I'm lucky that I have a good relationship with almost all of them, so it's even nicer. From Day 1 you are going to have an amazing match, and I like to play these kind of matches. And it means that I'm one of the eight best players in the world. So it's crazy."