Nicknamed Giant Killer for her penchant of toppling high ranking players, Garbiñe Muguruza is undoubtedly one of the finest ambassadors of the game tennis in contemporary times. The superstar, who was born to a Spanish father and Venezuelan mother in 1993, started playing tennis at the age of three. She subsequently moved to Spain, where she joined Bruguera Tennis Academy to pursue her career in tennis.
Muguruza’s family takes Tennis quite seriously. She always maintains that her elder brothers were her motivation and that she would not have been a player if not for their love of the game. They all went to the Tennis Academy but were not able to make a career out of it. Since the inception of her career in 2012, the tennis star has won several accolades and championship titles. The climax of her career was in 2017 when she topped the WTA rankings. Discover interesting facts about Garbiñe Muguruza, including details of her career and personal life below.
How It All Started At the 2012 Miami Open
Garbiñe Muguruza commenced her career as a wildcard entry at the 2012 Miami Open. During the tourney, she defeated both the then-world #2, Vera Zvonareva, and world #10, Flavia Pennetta, to make her name in women’s tennis. She then played at the 2013 Indian Wells Masters before moving on to participate in the US Open that same year. Best known for her aggressive playing style, Muguruza made her breakthrough at the 2014 Auckland Open, where she reached quarterfinals.
Even though she ended up losing out to Venus Williams, she did not allow this to weigh her down but went on to win her first WTA singles title, at the Hobart International, a week later. Following her maiden WTA title, Garbiñe matched on to the Australian Open. She made huge improvements in her gameplay and was able to make it to the fourth round of the prestigious grand slam tournament.
With her participation in several Grand Slam competitions, Muguruza became a known face in tennis. Despite losing out, and not reaching the later stages, she defeated several top-seeded players in the game. She ended 2014 in the top echelons of the WTA rankings and subsequently started 2015 with high hopes. Muguruza made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open, as well as the finals of Wimbledon. She, however, lost the Wimbledon final to the mercurial Serena Williams by two sets.
Winning Her First Grand Slam and Becoming World No. 1
Following the end of the WTA 2015 calendar, Garbiñe Muguruza returned to the drawing board to re-strategize. She worked with her coaching staff to fine-tune her gameplay, and the result was a superb 2016, where she ended up winning her maiden grand slam title. This victory came at the 2016 French Open, where she defeated Serena Williams in two sets, and propelled her to the exalted status of world number two. Muguruza also achieved her second grand slam at the expense of another Williams’ sister. She triumphed over Venus Williams during the final of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, and thus became the first player to defeat both Williams’ sisters.
Muguruza’s winning run at the 2017 Wimbledon was, however, not without controversies. They were allegations that she received coaching while the match was on, something that is seriously frowned upon in the game of tennis. These on-court coaching claims were loudest in Muguruza’s quarterfinal match against Svetlana Kuznetsova, which she won 6-3, 6-4. Kuznetsova’s team tried to bring the alleged coaching to the notice of the line umpire, but all to no avail. As such, the Spanish-Venezuelan star was able to escape without punishment and went on to win the tournament.
The Hallmark of her career came during the 2017 US Open when Muguruzae topped the WTA world rankings. She achieved this feat after the then-reigning world No. 1 Karolína Plíšková was defeated by CoCo Vandeweghe in the quarterfinals. She held the record for a few months before losing it to the Romanian tennis star, Simona Halep. Later in the same year, Muguruzae also won the WTA Player of the Year.
Garbine Muguruza’s Career Earnings as a Pro-Athlete
Muguruza’s successes on the WTA tour has not come without its perks. The Venezuelan-born player has recorded tremendous financial rewards in the shape of both the prize monies that she has won on tour, as well as sponsorship deals. Official statistics show that Muguruza has picked up about $20.8 million in prize monies since going pro in 2012. For her first two years on the tour, she won prizes in the six-figure region. She subsequently earned about $1.194 million in 2014, marking the first time she was entering the seven-figure region. Since then, Muguruza has remained steady in the seven-figure region.
Her highest annual prize money thus far remains the year 2017 when she earned about $5.433 million after winning both Wimbledon and the Cincinnati Open. Asides from prize monies, Muguruza has also made a handsome sum from lucrative endorsements with big brands. Most of her endorsement deals started coming in 2014 after she rose to the limelight. She has since served as a brand ambassador for the likes of Mazda, BBVA bank, Rolex, Adidas, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Beats by Dre, Caser Seguros Insurance, and Babolat (a French company that produces tennis, squash and badminton equipment). Forbes estimates show that Muguruza has earned about $15.5 million from her association with these brands. A breakdown of these figures shows that she made $3 million in 2016, $3.5 million in 2017, $5.5 million in 2018, and $3.5 million in 2019.
A compilation of the above figures means that Garbiñe Muguruza has made about $36.3 million in career earnings thus far. The Spanish-Venezuelan star is meanwhile utilizing some of her wealth to give back to society. After winning her first Wimbledon women’s singles crown, Muguruza made known her intention to become an Ambassador for the international education non-profit, Room to Read. Part of her contribution will be to help the organization grow its impact in two focus areas of early grade literacy and equal access to secondary education for girls.
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Is Garbine Muguruza in Any Relationship?
Given that she is a successful and beautiful lady, fans naturally wonder about Muguruza’s relationship status. They want to know about her life off the courts, and who she is spending time with. The reality, however, remains that for now, it seems to be all work, vacation, and no romance for the tennis star. Muguruza is believed to be single. There is no confirmed or even rumored romantic relationship with anyone thus far. This has predictably led to some lesbian speculations about her. For instance, there were rumors that she had something going on with one of her trainers, named Conchita Martinez, but these have remain unfounded. Muguruza herself doesn’t pay much heed to the speculations but is instead focused on consolidating her career.