Garbiñe Muguruza became the fourth singles player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore for 2015 the WTA officially announced on her 22nd birthday – 8 October. Muguruza sealed her place by defeating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 to progress to the quarter finals at China Open in Beijing guaranteeing a minimum of 215 WTA points from this event.
The 1.82m Muguruza will be making her WTA Finals debut in singles after last year being a debutant in the WTA Finals doubles with partner Carla Suárez Navarro and they are still in contention to qualify again this year. Muguruza is the first Spaniard to qualify since 2001 and this Monday achieved her career-high ranking of No.5.
The right-handed Muguruza was the runner-up in two tournaments so far this year: Wimbledon and the Wuhan Open in China last week posting a 35 wins to 18 losses record in 2015 to date. The WTA Rising Star has won both matches this year against current World No.2 Simona Halep so will make a serious challenge for the title in Singapore.
The WTA Rising Star first became a ranked WTA player in 2009 with her year-end ranking that year (at 16 years of age) No.687. Her subsequent year-end rankings were No.432 in 2010, No.249 in 2011, No.104 in 2012, No.64 in 2013 and No.21 in 2014.
Spain’s No.1 player confirmed her star potential by defeating Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 at 2014 Roland Garros and going on to make her first Grand Slam quarter final before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. This year at Roland Garros Muguruza made the quarter finals again before Lucie Safarova ended her run.
Muguruza upon qualifying said, “I’m very excited to have qualified for Singapore. This has been an exciting year for me. I have worked very hard this last month and I am really happy how it has paid off. Qualifying to Singapore is a great reward.”
Make sure you buy your WTA Finals in Singapore tennis tickets to see the youngest player thus far as she continues her ascent towards World No.1 and becoming a Grand Slam singles champion.