World no. 2, Garbine Muguruza says she’s braced up for a tight WTA no. 1 race as an evenly-matched group of woman will seek to top the rankings in the coming year.
The 2017 Wimbledon champion, who’s enjoying the Queensland sunshine on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Brisbane International, where she will be top seed, spoke of her desire to establish herself as the No. 1 again.
“I think everybody is looking for that. It’s tough; everyone is at an equal level and is very consistent, so it’s really like a war in the women’s field,” the 24-year-old said.
Muguruza finished the season narrowly behind Simona Halep, who begins her season as world No.1 at China’s Shenzhen Open still chasing a grand slam title.
Muguruza, meanwhile, won the French Open in 2016 and added the Wimbledon title to her trophy cabinet this year, while a hard court title in Cincinnati was enough to earn her International Tennis Federation women’s player of the year honours.
This year, the race for the top spot was wide open given women’s greatest, Serena Williams’ absence from the game since January. It saw five women taking turns to be atop the rankings, and four winning the Grand Slams.
Williams has now returned and Muguruza feels it will add more intrigue to the battle at the top.
“I don’t really know how she is but she’s always going to be one of the best players in the world, no matter what state she is in,” Muguruza said.