Garbiñe Muguruza says goodbye to tennis

The former number 1 in the world and winner of two Grand Slam titles announced her retirement from tennis after twelve years of professional career.

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Her last title was the WTA Finals of 2021, where she beat Kontaveit in the final played in Guadalajara, México. 
REUTERS/Henry Romero
Her last title was the WTA Finals of 2021, where she beat Kontaveit in the final played in Guadalajara, México. REUTERS/Henry Romero

End point of the career of one of the best Spanish tennis players and athletes in history. Something that was already on the horizon, Muguruza had played her last official match in January 2023, ended in the confirmation of retirement.

The one born in Caracas, Venezuela, but nationalized Spanish announced her retirement after conquering great achievements, including being number one in the world, winning two Grand Slam titles and being champion of the WTA Finals. The news was announced at a press conference as part of the Laureus Awards to be held today.

Garbiñe Muguruza turned professional in 2012 and won her first major title in 2016, Roland Garros, by beating Serena Williams, then number one in the world, in Paris 7-5 and 6-4. That was followed by the Wimbledon title in 2017, where this time she beat Venus Williams 7-5 and 6-0 making history on English soil after being the first Spaniard in 23 years to achieve such a title.

2017 Wimbledon Men's and Women's singles champions, Switzerland's Roger Federer and Spain's Garbine Muguruza posing with their trophies at the Champions Dinner in central London.
2017 Wimbledon Men's and Women's singles champions, Switzerland's Roger Federer and Spain's Garbine Muguruza posing with their trophies at the Champions Dinner in central London.

Throughout her career, she also managed to win ten WTA titles, be Grand Slam runner-up at Wimbledon 2015 and US Open 2020, was champion of the 2021 WTA Finals and was crowned in three Masters 1000. The ultimate milestone was perhaps achieving first place in the world ranking in 2017 at the age of 24.

That same year she received the Player of the Year award for both the WTA and the ITF. In 2018, she was nominated for the Laureus Award, for which she will be an ambassador from now on, on the list of Athlete of the Year.

The 30-year-old Spaniard also represented her country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, losing in the third round and Tokyo 2020, where she reached the quarterfinals. She also had nine wins and three losses in the Billie Jean King Cup.

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