The Adelaide organizers have suffered a blow as world No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko have all withdrawn from Adelaide.
Muguruza and Ostapenko didn't play in Adelaide this year.
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On the other side, former world No. 4 Bencic played and enjoyed a deep run. Bencic, now ranked at No. 23 in the world, made the Adelaide final before losing to iga Swiatek.
Muguruza wanted to start the season in Adelaide
Muguruza finished the 2021 season on the best possible way as she captured her maiden WTA Finals title.
"I feel really happy, and also a little relieved, because at the beginning of the tournament I struggled to find a good game, but then I gradually managed to adapt. This one. victory means even more because it was achieved here in Latin America, and especially in Mexico, where the public has always supported me since the first time I came to play here, when I was an unknown player," Muguruza said after winning the WTA Finals.
Muguruza didn't win any Grand Slams in 2021 but still she felt it was her best season on the Tour. "I truly believe this has been my best career season, even though I haven't won slam tournaments. It was a season in which I managed to find continuity in the game, albeit with ups and downs in the result," Muguruza said.
"The last few seasons have been mixed, but never because of my tennis: sometimes I may not be able to put all the pieces together, but my tennis is always there. "Now I have managed to find a balance towards which I have worked a lot with my team: this victory shows us that work pays off and that we are following the right path."
Muguruza made it clear that she would like to win all four Grand Slams. Muguruza is lacking an Australian Open and US Open title.