Garbine Muguruza came back to the bests of the WTA rankings in 2021, finishing this season in third place, preceded only by Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka. After also being number one in 2017 and having won two Grand Slam events (Roland Garros in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017), the Spanish tennis player had collapsed to 36th position in 2019.
This year, however, Muguruza, in addition to winning 2 WTA titles, triumphed at the Finals in Guadalajara, beating Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the final and thus becoming the first Spanish woman to win the year-end competition from Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1993.
On Wednesday evening, the 28-year-old Spanish tennis player was invited by Real Madrid to perform the ceremonial kick-off at the Santiago Bernabeu for the Spanish La Liga club match against Athletic Bilbao, won by the Blancos 1-0 thanks to the usual goal of his bomber Karim Benzema.
Muguruza's 2021: two WTA titles and success in the Finals
Garbine Muguruza was greeted by applause from the Bernabeu for bringing the WTA Finals trophy back in Spain after 28 years. The tennis player then kicked off the match, also demonstrating good soccer skills.
Muguruza, after the many ups and downs of recent seasons, has shown that in 2021 she has returned to the levels of her golden years, playing her dominant and powerful tennis. In addition to the fresh success at the Guadalajara Finals, the Spanish won the WTA 1000 in Dubai and the 500 in Chicago and lost the finals of the Yara Valley Classic in Melbourne and the Qatar Total Open in Doha.
Statistically, the current number three in the ranking has won 42 of the 59 games played, with a win rate of 71%, the second best of her career so far. All these data would seem to demonstrate that Garbine Muguruza is back, and in the 2022 season it is reasonable to expect that the Spaniard will be able to push up to the first position, perhaps winning some of the most prestigious tournaments on the Tour. Now she will come back for the upcoming season and for the much awaited Australian Open 2022.