Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza is a Spanish professional tennis player, who reached the world no. 1 rank in her career.

Date of Birth: 8 October 1993
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Residence: Geneva, Switzerland
Height: 5'11" (182 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned Pro: 2011

Garbine Muguruza was born on October 8, 1993, in Caracas, Venezuela, to her Venezuelan mother, Scarlet Blanco, and her Basque father, Jose Antonio Muguruza. She has two elder brothers named Asier and Igor, who are both former professional tennis players.

After showing great potential from a very early age, Muguruza moved to Spain with her family at the age of six to further her career and began training at the Brugera Tennis Academy with her brothers. As a result, she was elected to represent Spain during her career

Muguruza came onto the WTA Tour in 2012 and 2013. Those years saw her generate some attention with good runs at WTA 1000 level. She reached the fourth round of the Miami Open in 2012 and 2013 and at the Indian Wells Open in 2013.

2014 brought further development for Muguruza. She won a maiden WTA title at the Hobart International at the start of the season by beating Klara Zakopalova in the final. A few months later, Muguruza made the quarterfinals of the French Open. This included a 6-2, 6-2 win over Serena Williams in the second round.

Muguruza became a global star in 2015 by reaching the Wimbledon final. Her run at SW19 saw her beat future Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki. Serena Williams then avenged her loss at the French Open by beating Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

She was not denied her first WTA 1000 title in 2015, though. Beijing was the scene of her first trophy at that level. Muguruza beat Timea Backsinszky 7-5, 6-4 to complete that achievement. That was a great moment, but bigger glory then came the following year.

The 2016 French Open was the scene of Muguruza’s first Grand Slam title. She dropped the first set in the opening round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Incredibly, Muguruza did not lose another set in her title run and avenged her Wimbledon loss by triumphing 7-5, 6-4 against Serena Williams in the final.

The success did not stop there for the Spaniard. Muguruza won her second Grand Slam title at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. Once again, she only dropped one set during the tournament, which was to Angelique Kerber in the fourth round. Muguruza prevailed 7-5, 6-0 in the final against Venus Williams.

A second WTA 1000 title followed the next month in Cincinnati, with a victory in the final against Simona Halep. Muguruza then did not win any WTA 1000 events or make any Grand Slam finals in 2018 or 2019, although she did reach the semifinals of the 2018 French Open.

The Spaniard returned to a Grand Slam final at the 2020 Australian Open. Her run included a semifinal win against Halep in the semifinal. Muguruza was the favourite against Sofia Kenin in the final, but succumbed to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 loss.

After winning her third WTA 1000 title in Dubai, Muguruza secured the 2021 WTA Finals title. She defeated her compatriot Paula Badosa in the semifinal before overcoming Anett Kontaveit 6-3 7-5 in the final.

A surprising decline then followed in 2022, and she ended that year outside the Top 50. After more disappointing results at the start of 2023, Muguruza announced that she was taking an extended hiatus from tennis.

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