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30 Astonishing Facts We Bet Every Fan Should Know About Garbine Muguruza

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Garbine Muguruza, the former world No. 1, currently ranked No. 15, is famous worldwide for her powerful groundstrokes and an aggressive style. Well-noted for her clay-court prowess, here are some very interesting facts about the Spanish professional tennis player:

  1.  She was born Garbine Muguruza Blanco on October 08, 1993, in Caracas, Venezuela, to Scarlet Blanco and Jose Antonio Muguruza. She has two older brothers named Asier and Igor.
  2.  Muguruza took to tennis at the age of three following her brothers’ footsteps. As tennis is not popular sport in Venezuela, the whole family moved to Spain in 1999, to pursue the tennis dream. She began training at the Bruguera Tennis Academy near Bracelona. She holds dual Spanish-Venezuelan nationality.
  3.  Her style of play is more suited to clay-court, with her ability to move and slide effectively. She has powerful groundstrokes and powerful serve that can reach a speed of 113 mph. However her high-risk game is also the cause for inconsistency due to unforced errors and double faults.
  4.  She didn’t play junior circuits except for Roland Garros juniors and some European tournaments. Instead her coach encouraged her to play the ITF circuit and play juniors sometimes to see your progress.
  5.  Muguruza made her first appearance in WTA qualifying in 2008 at Barcelona and lost in the first round to then 236 ranked Maria Kondratieva 7-5, 6-0.She went on to participate in ITF circuits and reached her first finals at ITF Antalya, Turkey, on May 2009.
  6.  She has been coached by Sam Sumyk since 2015, and has won both of her Grand Slams under his tutelage. Her Wimbledon win over Venus Williams in 2017 was history making, as she became the first player ever to defeat both the Williams sisters in a Grand Slam-final. She had defeated Serena in the 2016 French Open final too.
  7.  She played in number of ITF Circuits and reached thirteen Clay tournament finals and won seven of those starting at ITF Vinaros, Spain on December 2009, where she defeated EmaBurgic of Bosnia, 6-2, 3-0, retired.
  8.  Muguruza turned professional on March 02, 2012, when and was given wildcard at the Miami Open for her first main draw appearance. She reached the round of 16 defeating former world No. 2, Vera Zvonareva and former world No. 10, Flavia Pennetta, before falling to Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets. She equaled the feat of Andrea Leand and Julie Coin as the fastest player to beat a Top 10 opponent in their second WTA main draw matches.
  9.  The 2012 United States Open served as the first Grand Slam main draw appearance for Muguruza, as she qualified after number of players withdrew without giving a selection of qualifying matches. She lost to 10 seed Sara Errani of Italy in three sets, 3-6, 7-6, 1-6, the eventual semi-finalist.
  10.  In March 2013, at the BNP Paribas Open, she qualified for the main draw and then made it to the round of 16, defeating the 17 seed Ekaterina Makarova and Magdalena Rybarikova. She eventually lost to Angelique Kerber in straight sets.
  11.  Muguruza repeated her last year performance at the Miami Open in March 2013, when as a wildcard entrant, she recorded win over 23rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and 9th seed Caroline Wozniacki, before losing to fifth seed Li Na, in three sets.
  12.  She had a pre-mature end to the 2013 season with a right ankle surgery. She had earlier reached the semi-final of‘Topshelf Open,’ Netherland apart from reaching the second round of the Australian Open, the French Open and the Wimbledon Championship to end the year as the world No.63 with 54% win in the season.
  13.  Muguruza won her first WTA singles title at the Hobart International onJanuary 11, 2014, where as a qualifier she defeated the second and seventh seed for the title which saw her sprint up the ranking to her career best 38. She had earlier begun the season with a quarterfinal appearance at the Auckland Open, losing to Venus Williams.
  14.  She had a creditable performance at the 2014 Australian Open, where she reached the fourth round for the first time. She defeated the tournaments 24th seed Kaia Kanepi and the 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki, before losing to the fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets.
  15.  Her second doubles WTA title came at 2014 Marrakech Grand Prix, Morocco, where she partnered Romina Oprandi to defeat Katarzyna Piter and Maryna Zanevska in the final in three sets. In the singles competition she reached the semifinals before losing to Maria Teresa TorroFlor in Straight set.
  16.  Muguruza had a double delight at the 2014 French Open, where she reached the quarterfinals of the singles and semifinals of the doubles event with Suarez Navarro. In the second round she had handed one of the worst defeats to world No.1 and defending champion Serena Williams, losing only four games. As a result of her strong performance at the event, she achieved career high singles and doubles rankings of world No. 27 and No. 36 respectively.
  17.  She enjoyed her breakout season in 2015, with second consecutive fourth round appearance at the Australian Open and the semifinals of Dubai Tennis Championship. On her way to semifinals of her first WTA Premier-5 event, she defeated qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova, 12th seed Jelena Jankovic, fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and 13th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, before falling to 17th seed Karolina Pliskova, in three sets.
  18.  Muguruza reached her maiden finals of Grand Slam event when she advanced to the finals of 2015 Wimbledon Championship, defeating Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Timea Bacsinszky and Agnieszka Radwanska, before losing to Serena Williams, 4-6, 4-6.
  19.  At the 2015 United States Open, she reached the second round for the first time however she lost to Johanna Konta of Great Britain, in three sets. The match recorded a total time of 3 hours and 23 minutes, the longest women’s singles match in that tournament’s history since the introduction of tiebreaker in 1970.
  20.  She claimed her biggest and her first Premier Mandatory title of her career at the China Open, Beijing, on October 11, 2015, when she defeated Timea Bacsinszky in straight set. Earlier in the month an ankle injury robbed her of the title at Wuhan Open, when she retired in the second set.
  21.  Muguruza claimed her first major title when she defeated world No.1, Serena Williams in straight sets to win the 2016 French Open. She won 14 straight sets after losing the first she played for the title and to a career high ranking of No.2, as of June 06, 2016. She is also the first Spanish female player to win a major title since 1998.
  22.  She made it to the semifinals of 2017 Brisbane International before retiring due to injury and reached her first ever quarterfinal of the Australian Open, to start the 2017 season on a positive note only to face setback in the early rounds of Qatar Total Open and Dubai Championship.
  23.  At the fourth round of 2017 French Open she faced the 13th Seed Kristina Mladenovic of French and an extremely unfavorable crowd as well. She lost the match and her composure at the press conference, which was interrupted for five minutes as she started to cry. This prompted a huge reaction in the Spanish sporting press.
  24.  She entered the 2017 Wimbledon Championship as the 14th seed and reached her second finals of the championship with victory over world No.1, Angelique Kerber, 7th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Magdalena Rybarikova before overpowering Venus Williams in straight sets for the title. In the process she became the first ever player to defeat both William sisters in major singles finals.
  25.  Muguruza entered the 2017 United States Open as a contender for the No. 1 WTA rankings. She reached the fourth round before losing to Petra Kvitova in straight sets but still managed to claim the No.1 ranking by default. She became the 24th woman in the history of the WTA to hold the No.1 spot and second from Spain after Sanchez Vicario in 1995.
  26.  After experiencing setbacks in the beginning of 2018 season in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, she reached the finals of Qatar Total Open, before losing to Petra Kvitova. She eventually tasted success at the Monterrey Tournament, Mexico, where she defeated Timea Babos for her sixth careersingles title.
  27.  At the 2018 Wimbledon, as the defending champion she was eliminated in the second round by world No. 47, Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium. In the process she recorded the earliest defeat of defending women’s champion at the All England Club since Steffi Graf lost in the first round in 1994.
  28.  Muguruza has been named an ambassador for Room to Read, a global non-profit focused on literacy and girl’s education. According to her ‘Perseverance and confidence have been crucial to my success as an athlete,’ and Room to Read is instilling those skills in children and young women.
  29.  The SportsPro, named Muguruza the 24th most marketable athlete of 2018. She has endorsement deal with Major brands such as Evian mineral water, Adidas, Babolat racquets, Rolex watches, Maui Jim sunglasses, Mazda automobile, Banco Bilbao and Caser Seguros.
  30.  Nicknamed Giant Killer for her many wonderful feats, Muguruza, is currently ranked No.20 in singles. For now, it seems to be all work, vacation and no romance for the tennis star. She is believed to be single.
  31.  Garbine Muguruza Net Worth: $12 Million

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