Garbiñe Muguruza is a Spanish professional tennis player and a two-time former Grand Slam winner at the 2016 French Open and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.
Name: Garbiñe Muguruza
Born: October 8, 1993
Turned Pro: 2012
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Garbiñe Muguruza was born in Caracas, Venezuela on the 8th of October in 1993. With a Venezuelan mother and a Basque father, Muguruza holds dual Spanish-Venezuelan citizenship.
Turning professional in March 2012, Muguruza her first WTA Tour main-draw appearance that year at the Miami Open where she immediately set about upsetting the applecart by winning over former world No. 2, Vera Zvonareva and former world No. 10, Flavia Pennetta.
She would make her Grand Slam debut at the 2012 US Open but fell to a three-set loss to Sara Errani in the first round.
Despite needing right ankle surgery and missing the remainder of the post-Wimbledon season in 2013, Muguruza would end the year with a career-high world ranking of 63.
Muguruza’s first WTA Tour singles title would come at the 2014 Hobart International where she soundly defeated Klára Zakopalová in straight sets in the final to claim the title.
At the 2014 Australian Open, Muguruza would reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. Wins against Kaia Kanepi, Anna Karolína Schmiedlová and Caroline Wozniacki would see Muguruza into the last 16 where she was comprehensively beaten 6-1, 6-3 by Agnieszka Radwańska.
Muguruza would improve even further at the 2014 French Open, going one better and making her first Grand Slam quarter-final where she would be edged out in three sets by the eventual winner, Maria Sharapova.
A second consecutive quarter-final at Roland Garros in 2015 would again end in heartbreak as she was defeated in the last eight by Lucie Šafářová.
The 2015 Wimbledon Championships would see Muguruza reach her first Grand Slam final. Defeating Varvara Lepchenko, Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Timea Bacsinszky and Agnieszka Radwańska to reach the final, Muguruza would lose out in a tight contest 6-4, 6-4 to Serena Williams, although she would enter the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time in her career.
Finishing the year with success at the China Open and a run to the semi-finals at the WTA Tour Finals, Muguruza would end the campaign ranked world number four.
Thriving once again on the Rolland Garros clay, Muguruza would pick up the biggest win of her career to date by claiming the 2016 French Open title where she avenged her defeat to Serena Williams at Wimbledon with a straight-set win in the final.
A disappointing follow-up to the French Open win however would see Muguruza suffer early exits at Wimbledon, the Rio Olympics, the US Open and at the WTA Finals.
After being unable to defend her French Open crown, losing in the fourth round to home favourite Kristina Mladenovic in front of a hostile Roland Garros crowd, Muguruza rebounded by picking up her second Grand Slam title at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.
Seeded 14th, Muguruza eased through the first three rounds, winning each in straight sets. The fourth round would see Muguruza come from a set down to defeat the number-one seed Angelique Kerber and reach the last eight. From there wins against Svetlana Kuznetsova and Magdaléna Rybáriková before a straight-set 7-5, 6-0 victory over Venus Williams on the centre court sealed her Wimbledon win.
After an incredibly successful two seasons that saw her reach the pinnacle and become world number one, Muguruza found 2018 more of a struggle although she once again impressed at Roland Garros, reaching the semi-finals.
Another lacklustre year by her high standards in 2019 saw Muguruza fall out of the top 30 in the world rankings, ending the year ranked a lowly 36.
Proving she still had much left in the tank, Muguruza returned to her best at the 2020 Australian Open, reaching the final of the event for the first time in her career, although she would be defeated by Sofia Kenin in three sets in the final.
Further cementing that she was once again a force to be reckoned with, Muguruza took her first WTA Finals title to end 2021, defeating Anett Kontaveit in straight sets for the second time in the tournament, to win her first WTA Finals championship.
Again suffering a loss of form throughout 2022 however, Muguruza fell in the world rankings, finishing the year ranked out of top 50 for the first time since 2013.
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