Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, has confirmed that she will play the US Open Grand Slam event in New York through her social media account. The Spaniard reached the finals of the Australian Open in January this year and is currently ranked No.
16 in the world. Last year, she lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows and her best performance at the tournament has been a fourth round appearance in 2017.
Garbine Muguruza confirms she will play the US Open
The two-time Grand Slam champion posted an update on her Twitter account, saying she will be flying out to New York.
Muguruza had withdrawn from this week's Western & Southern Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center due to discomfort in her ankle last week but had said that she was hopeful of being able to recover in time for the US Open.
Muguruza has won 7 WTA singles titles in her career, including two Grand Slams - the 2016 French Open and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.
Hola a todos, no podré jugar en @CincyTennis pero espero estar lista para el #USOpen 💪 gracias por el apoyo 😘
Hi all ñ, I will not be ready for Cincy but i hope to be at the @usopen 💪 thanks for your support 😘
👇🎙 pic.twitter.com/S295IQ99NJ — Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) August 17, 2020
She also reached the final at Wimbledon in 2015. In doubles, she has won 5 WTA titles and finished runner-up at the 2015 WTA Finals with her compatriot Carla Suárez Navarro. Suarez Navarro had officially pulled out of the US Open earlier in the week due to health reasons.
Muguruza's confirmation adds some excitement to the women's draw which has seen several big names withdraw due various reasons, including injury and travel concerns in the midst of the pandemic. World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, World No.
2 Simona Halep, defending women's champion Bianca Andreescu, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens and Swiss Belinda Bencic are among the Top 10 players who have withdrawn from the women's event. Former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has also decided not to play this in New York this year as have former Top 10 players Andrea Petkovic and former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
Garbine Muguruza has been working with former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez, of Spain, and will be hoping to reach her first quarter-final at the American Grand Slam. The US Open begins in New York on 31st August and is the first Grand Slam since the Australian Open in January.