Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza will return to the WTA Hobart International in January, the same tournament where she won her first WTA title as a qualifier in 2014. As a 20 year old ranked No. 58 in the world, Muguruza defeated seveth seeded Klara Zakopalova in the final to win the Hobart title.
It served as a stepping stone for her career - she finished as runner-up at Wimbledon in 2015 and went on to win her first Grand Slam in Paris in 2016. A second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2017 helped her become the World's No.
1 ranked player. Now, she hopes the 2020 tournament will serve as a stepping stone to launch her climb back up the rankings. Muguruza commented, “Hobart is a special place for me as it was where I won my first title on the WTA tour back in 2014.
The people are so warm and friendly and I am looking forward to coming back”. The Spaniard also won the doubles title in 2013 with compatriot Maria-Theresa Torro-Flor, The tournament will run from 11th January to 18th January at the Domain Tennis Centre Hobart International Tournament Director Darren Sturgess commented, "We are thrilled to announce that Garbine Muguruza has been awarded a wildcard for 2020.
Garbine has an impressive resume as both a singles and doubles player and we’re excited to welcome her back in January. Securing a former world No.1 and two-time Grand Slam champion is a great result for the Hobart International and reinforces the event as a platform for both current and future stars of women’s tennis”.
Other top names already entered in the tournament include 2017 & 2018 champion Elise Mertens, 2016 champion Alize Cornet, 2015 champion Heather Watson as well as former Grand Slam champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sam Stosur.