Rafael Nadal Gives Massive Praise for Garbine Muguruza As She Creates History

Published 11/19/2021, 10:20 AM EST

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Garbine Muguruza, the 28-year-old Spaniard, has had a fantastic 2021 season. She ended the season incredibly strongly, winning the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic and then the year-end WTA Finals tournament in Mexico. For her achievements, she received praise from one of the greatest Spanish players of all time, Rafael Nadal. 

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She also made a piece of Spanish history with the win, as she is the first Spanish woman to win the WTA Finals title, ever. She was only the second ever Spanish woman to reach the final as well. Garbine is currently ranked World No. 3 on an immensely competitive WTA Tour.  

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The 35-year-old stated, “Very happy for Garbiñe. It is a milestone in our sport and joy for Spanish tennis. Congratulations. It has been a good year and with a good climax winning the last tournament of the year, which had not been achieved and has a special meaning.”

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Rafael Nadal is ecstatic for compatriot Garbine Muguruza 

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Rafa praised Muguruza for having a great season this year. After emerging victorious from Dubai and Chicago, winning the title in Mexico is surely a great way to sign off the season. All in all, Nadal was happy as it was a proud day for Spanish tennis. 

Coming to tennis, Muguruza beat players like Krejcikova during this past week in Mexico. She also registered a win over compatriot Paula Badosa in the semi-final, which meant that the Spanish continent would’ve gotten representation in the final in any case. She beat Anett Kontaveit in the final as well as earlier during the group stage matches. 

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As for Rafa, he ended his season after his outing in Washington. He lost in the initial stages as his foot injury had yet not healed completely. Due to that, he missed the US Open. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him come back stronger in the upcoming 2022 season.

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.
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