Garbie Muguruza, fifth in the world rankings, will debut on Wednesday (early Thursday in Spain) in the WTA finals against the Czech Karolina Pliskova, fourth in the ranking in an expected duel at the start of the championship.
“Playing in a tough group, of players with good services, excellent shots and an aggressive style of play and I am excited to play in Mexico, where I am always welcome,” said the Spaniard, who will also have the Czech in her group. Barbora Krejcikova, third racket in the world, and the Estonian Other Kontaveit, eighth.
Winner of Roland Garros in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017, Muguruza, former world number one, has had a rebound and has recovered positions in the ranking; She comes to the tournament at a good time in a sporting way and is considered one of the figures to follow.
Playing in a tough group, of players with good services, excellent shots and an aggressive style of play and I am excited to play in Mexico, where I am always welcome.
The duel against Pliskova will be the best of the group stage, as they are two of the five most important players of the moment.
“With Garbie I have played a lot, I have a good record, but we have not played recently and she is having a great season,” said Pliskova, winner eight times with two defeats against Spain.
In the other duel of the key, the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, third tennis player in the world, go against the Estonian Anett Kontaveit, eighth.
The drawing for the competition, endowed with a prize pool of five million dollars, determined that the Spanish Paula Badosa, tenth of the ranking. Play in the group called Chichen Itza against the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, the Greek Mara Sakkari and the Polish Iga Swiatek.
It is a tough group, but that was expected because here all the rivals are strong; I want to play game by game and enjoy it
“It is a tough group, but that was expected because here all the rivals are strong; I want to play game by game and enjoy it,” said Badosa.
The WTA Finals was scheduled for the Chinese city of Shenzhen, but had to change headquarters due to COVID 19.
The contest celebrates the half century of the competition, which began in 1971 in Houston, which has as its main winner the American of Czech origin Martina Navratilova, with eight scepters.