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Muguruza Happy To Inspire Young Tennis Fans

19/11/21

- Grant Whittington

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza has said she thinks the fact that two tennis players from Spain appeared in this year’s WTA Finals will show young girls from Latin America that anything is possible by picking up a racket and working hard.

Muguruza recently made her fourth appearance at the WTA Finals, while this year’s event will have marked Paula Badosa’s debut appearance.

The Spanish star said what made the occasion even more momentous was the fact that it has been 21 years since two players from Spain last qualified to play in the Finals. She said having two Spanish players in the Finals would help young girls relate to who they were seeing on their screens, as well as become familiar with the game of tennis.

Big Moment For Badosa

Muguruza sat out of this year’s Billie Jean Cup specifically to focus on recovering in time in preparation of the WTA Finals. She said ahead of the famous tennis cup that she would not be competing due to the demanding time that had preceded the event. For Muguruza, this included the Olympic Games.

Badosa, too, had been looking forward to the big event. Speaking to the WTA Tour some time ago, the Spaniard said she’d always only seen the Finals on television, and that being able to go had excited her without end.

She Did More Than Motivate

For Muguruza, however, the event would ultimately mean a massive comeback and a dream come true. Tennis betting fans are also thrilled as the odds and favourites were given a shake-up.

The Spaniard on Wednesday during the very last match of the season, beat Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 for the coveted title.

The 28-year-old is now officially the oldest end-of-year champion since Serena Williams’ stunning closing victory 7 years ago. The win also saw her finish as the WTA’s No. 3 finisher for the year.

The Journey “Home”

When the Spaniard beat Venus Williams in the final at Wimbledon four years ago, it certainly appeared as if she was on the very verge of women’s tennis world domination.

She held her world No. 1 tennis ranking for four weeks and ended that year ranked No. 2, trailing only Simona Halep.

But despite her great start, Muguruza would spend the next three years performing well below par and expectation. And this well explains why Muguruza appeared filled with new hope on Wednesday as she accepted the iconic Billie Jean King Trophy.

Having spent her first six years growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, she was celebrated all week long by the jolly-making Mexican crowds and Mariachi bands. Tennis betting fans who had backed her had reason to celebrate too.

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