Garbiñe Muguruza faces the WTA Finals with the experience of having already played three more at 28 years old. And with the unknown of what effects altitude (almost 1,600 meters) will have on your game and your performance in a very tough group, with the leader of the year in aces, Karolina Pliskova; Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova and Anett Kontaveit, who has just won four tournaments in the last leg.
Muguruza will debut on Wednesday at 02:30 am (TDP and DAZN).
-Balance of the year. “It’s very good for me. Being here is the test. I have been solid all year. I have grown compared to the last two years. I learned a lot by staying out (of the WTA Finals) and I am back where I wanted to be. The best thing was win again (in Dubai and Chicago). The worst, the injuries that affected me on the European tour. “
-Finals in Latin America. “I never imagined that an event like this could be held in Guadalajara. When I found out I asked, ‘But in Guadalajara in Mexico?’ For me it is not the same as playing in China. I hope to be the favorite of the public because we speak the same idiom”.
-Group. “He is the toughest. Pliskova has a lot of experience, Krejcikova has won a Grand Slam and Kontaveit comes with enormous confidence.”
-Altitude of more than 1,600 meters. “Perhaps it is the most open edition and also because of the height. Controlling the ball is difficult. The most I have played is about 600 meters. This is more than double. The first day I was a little hallucinated by the conditions. But it is in Latin America, once in a lifetime, and that excites me. Being among the eight teachers is very special. It has been a long, Olympic year, with quarantines and I have a very difficult first round. But in these circumstances it is not easy for anyone. There may be surprises. “
-Two Spanish. “Hopefully we can take the baton from Rafa (Nadal). I think so. Spanish tennis is at the top 20 years after Arantxa and Conchita and Paula (Badosa) has been playing spectacularly. Hopefully we can stay in the elite.”
-Equality. “The normal thing is not what happens in men’s tennis, that three players accumulate 60 Grand Slams. It is better this way, as in women’s tennis, which is intriguing. Every week you don’t know what will happen. The one who plays well for a week takes the tournament “.