Garbine Muguruza finishes her season ranked at No.3 following her tenacious run to win in Guadalajara winning eight consecutive sets despite being on the verge of going out early on

I’d be lying if I weren’t to say it has been difficult at times this year for Garbine Muguruza but I am soo pleased she has won the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.

You will not find a more humble player but also fierce competitor on the tour, she lives in the moment and she has had ups and downs but always comes back fighting.

I’ll be honest, I did worry about Muguruza coming into Guadalajara, she just lost 1-6 1-6 to Anett Kontaveit in Russia but as she said there was a determination to be at the season ending finale in Mexico.

Let’s not forget that after a match and a set she was..

6-4 2-6 6-7 vs Pliskova
2-6 vs Krejcikova

She was a set from going out within a couple of days of the tournament beginning but turned it around winning 2-6 6-3 6-4 against the French Open champion which was the start of a four match winning streak.

2-6 6-3 6-4 vs Krejcikova
6-4 6-4 vs Kontaveit
6-3 6-3 vs Badosa
6-3 7-5 vs Kontaveit

8 sets in a row having won just 2 of the opening 4 she played.

Even though I said it has been a difficult year it has been her second best year on tour results wise. It has been difficult to find momentum at majors or WTA 1000 events since her title win at the beginning of the season in Qatar but the three titles in a calendar year is a record for the Spaniard.

Her week at the WTA Finals see’s her end the season with 42 wins, her most since 2017 and has best win percentage over a full season in her career topping it all off finishing the year ranked at world number three with 300 wins.

The tennis from Garbine was exceptional, her intensity level was through the roof at times. I’ve always watched her and known she has a game on the baseline to trouble anyone, on her day it is impossible to stop and we’ve seen a taster this week that I hope transcribes into further accolades being won in 2022.

As world number three it does open up draws for Garbine, it is her first time ranked inside the top ten come the end of the season since 2017 and I hope and believe there is more to come. 2020 was a year broken up by Covid-19 but it saw her win 23 of her 30 matches. Since the beginning of 2020 she has won 65 of her 90 matches on the tour in 27 tournaments. In 2018 and 2019 combined she only won 55 of her 91 matches across 38 tournaments.

It isn’t about playing the most tournaments, its about playing at the right time and she has done that year.

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