Monday, 19 February, 2018

Muguruza named WTA player of the year

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Lucia Summers | 21 October, 2017, 13:53

All three debutants at the WTA Finals will be hoping to continue their stellar campaigns for at least another week by making a positive impact at the season-ending elite eight-woman event in Singapore.

Women's tennis has been on a rollercoaster ride this year, with four different major-winners and no player able to dominate in the absence of Serena Williams, who took a break to give birth to her first child.

Muguruza becomes only the second Spanish woman after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to become the top-ranked player in the world.

Simona Halep, who became 2017's fifth number one earlier this month, leads a field which also throws up the beguiling possibility of Venus Williams, 37, returning to the top of the rankings for the first time since 2002. In total, she has played a total of five career finals, starting at the National Bank Cup in Canada in 2015.

"I knew that every match is going to be tough here, so I didn't expect an easy group", she said. "It will be my fourth year in a row there, and I look forward to playing my best tennis".

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"Becoming the WTA number one in the world is a dream come true", Muguruza told the WTA's website. I'm happy that I got it in the past, and now I'm not that nervous or obsessed. So I'm waiting to finish here to go to the holiday and then I will have a big party.

Muguruza said the quality of players made it a very hard event to come away from as the victor. The competition is so much greater.

Svitolina's appearance will feel like her graduation after playing in the last two WTA Elite Trophy tournaments in Zhuhai, China - a 12-woman event for those who did not qualify for Singapore - where she reached the final past year. "I mean, it feels good, for sure, to have so many wins like this behind me, but I know tennis can go very fast in one way or another", she said.

"So this tournament is really going to decide who is going to finish the year world number one". I can not describe in words what I feel, but it's a good feeling.

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