The eight wins across the four majors is the lowest a player has this year to get to the WTA Finals this year. It is her first appearance since 2017 when Caroline Wozniacki beat Venus Williams and now Garbine Muguruza is back at the season finale!
At the big tournaments it hasn’t happened for the Spaniard, she had those match points in Melbourne and lost to Osaka and since then hasn’t really picked up many points. At the four majors and the three mandatory WTA 1000 events played (Miami, Indian Wells & Madrid (absent)) the Spaniard has picked up just 750 points across the six events she played.
Over the last couple of years there has been steady progress from the recently turned 28 year old. I remember saying in 2018 and 2019 that her respective seasons can’t be remembered for a title win in Monterrey and at the beginning the year she won big in Dubai.
It was a tough week for the Spaniard, her coach Conchita Martinez was at home with Covid-19 and was watching her practices and matches on FaceTime.
It was a week of tennis which saw her best run of the year:
6-3 7-5 vs Begu
6-4 6-2 vs Anisimova
6-0 6-4 vs Swiatek (8)
3-6 6-3 6-2 vs Sabalenka (3)
6-4 7-6 vs Mertens (10)
7-6 6-3 vs Krejcikova
My only concern is this was March 2021, the week before she was runner-up in Qatar and in January, The Yarra Valley Classic. Her most recent success was in Chicago after the US Open where she won the title 3-6 6-3 6-0 vs Jabeur but benefited from two walkovers en-route to the final. Excluding walkovers she has won just 17 of her last 28 matches before than won 18 of her 22 matches.
It is not ideal to come in having lost 1-6 1-6 to Kontaveit, where does she go from here? There are injury concerns but my hope is this tournament could be a catalyst to a wonderful 2022 season. We have seen glimpses over the last couple of years that Muguruza could be back in the winners circle at the big events and I would love to see that!