Muguruza Reaches No. 3 Ranking

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Garbine Mugaruza Tennis News

Streaking Spaniard Garbine Muguruza is eager to see how life in the elite pans out after reaching third in the world and celebrating with an opening win at the WTA Championships in Singapore.

The 22-year-old Wimbledon finalist – born 1993 – became the first woman born after 1991 to rank this high as the changing of the guard starts to materialize.

The first-time finals participant in the eight-woman event began her group campaign with a Singapore sling of Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-6(4) in a battle of 2015 grand slam event finalists.

Muguruza now stands behind Serena Williams and Simona Halep in the WTA table, bypassing Maria Sharapova, now fourth, but a factor once again after winning her opening match with a comeback on Sunday at the year-ender.

Muguruza tuned up for Singapore success in Asia, playing the Wuhan final against Venus Williams and winning Beijing over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.

“I have no idea what No. 3 will be like, but I think you have to keep your feet on the ground. If I’m three, it’s for a reason. I earned that place. I don’t know how far I can get in the ranking, but definitely I’m trying to stay at the top  If I keep going like this, it’s because I’m in the right path.

“For sure it’s been an incredible rise,” said the Next Big Thing on the WTA, whose longtime dominator Serena Williams has hit age 34 and is skipping Singapore. “You always have to have it in your mind that you can make good tournaments and achieve great things, otherwise it’s not going to happen. You always have to have it in your mind what you want to do, and always have important objectives, so that you can be motivated to achieve them.

“I think I earned my place here in Singapore. I deserve to be playing here. I don’t see myself as a favorite, but I’ve played very well this month, and hopefully I can continue to play well here.”

For the optimistic Catalan, the No. 1 ranking is more than just a pleasant dream – it could well be a possibility in the future. “I’m getting closer and closer, I think I have the possibility to be there if I work hard. I still have to do a lot of things, work, improve – but I think I’m in the right way to make it.”

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