She became the first Spaniard to win the womens season-ending tournament
Garbiñe Muguruzas trip to Mexico started last week drinking tequila. After winning the WTA Finals on Wednesday, it will end in the same way. The 28-year-old Spaniard beat Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to win WTA Finals title for the first time in her career and improve her record playing in Mexico to 14 wins and two losses.
Before the tournament started, Muguruza took a 37-mile (60 kilometer) ride to Tequila, a small town outside of Guadalajara where the popular spirit is produced. “I went to the town, did a tasting. I knew, I knew. I need to do this before because when I win…” said Muguruza. “We’re (now) going to have some tequila, have fun, lose all the tension we’ve been having and holding. I think the whole team deserves it.”
Muguruza, who won back-to-back titles in Monterrey in northern Mexico in 2018 and 2019, became the first Spaniard to win the womens season-ending tournament. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario was a runner-up two times, the last time in 1993.
Her past successes in Mexico motivated Muguruza to play in the finals. In the ceremony after winning the title she recalled telling WTAs CEO Steve Simon at the U.S. Open that she wanted to play again south of the Rio Grande. “To qualify, the whole year with my team I was saying to them, it’s in Mexico, we have to make it, c’mon. It was my biggest motivation,” Muguruza said.
The former No. 1-ranked Muguruza, who was a semifinalist of the WTA Finals in 2015, also became the oldest champion since Serena Williams won it in 2014 and will finish the season at No. 3 in the rankings, her best performance since 2017.