Garbine Muguruza Makes a Big Leap in WTA Rankings After Chicago Title, Improves Hopes for WTA Finals

Published 10/03/2021, 10:52 PM EDT
Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates after winning match point during her Women’s Singles first round match against Shelby Rogers of the United States on day two of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza has been consistent throughout the 2021 season. Although she couldn’t win some big matches, she kept coming back with stellar performances in every tournament. Courtesy of this determination, she recently lifted her second title of the season, WTA 500 Chicago Fall Tennis Classic. To do so, she beat Tunisian sensation, Ons Jabeur, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.

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Naturally, the result helped the Spaniard’s rankings situation on the WTA Tour. And since Beijing Open got canceled, its points also dropped, furthering Muguruza’s place in the rankings. Conversely, Naomi Osaka, who missed most of the 2021 season, fell out of the WTA Top 10.

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Garbine Muguruza improves her WTA Finals hopes after Chicago title

Trailing a set, the 27-year-old Garbine Muguruza remained patient and displayed aggression at the same time. Stunningly, the ultimate combo helped her end Ons Jabeur’s run in Chicago.

In addition to that, Muguruza also jumped three spots ahead in the WTA Rankings. The former World No.1 now stands at World No.5, whereas Naomi Osaka, who also dropped Beijing points, fell to World No.12.

Subsequently, Muguruza, who was eighth in the WTA Finals Race, has found a safe spot at number six. On the other side, Osaka has dropped one more position in the race, surviving barely at number eight.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her fourth round match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Besides, the upcoming WTA 1000 Indian Wells event will play a massive role for players trying to qualify for the WTA Finals. Hence, the already much-anticipated tournament has now gotten even more exciting.

Not to forget, Indian Wells is returning on the WTA Tour after more than two years. Let’s see who rises to the occasion to win it this year.

The tournament will start on 6th October and run until 17th October 2021. Unfortunately, many top players are missing the event in the desert.

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Are Muguruza and Osaka playing WTA 1000 Indian Wells Open 2021?

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Looking for a remarkable third title this season, Muguruza will compete at the Indian Wells. However, as part of her indefinite break from tennis, Osaka has withdrawn from the event.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Osaka of Japan looks dejected during her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Apart from Osaka, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and World No.1 Ashleigh Barty also withdrew. Even so, the diverse and deeply talented women’s circuit will not let the desert tournament go without a show.

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All in all, tennis fans are excited to witness Indian Wells after such a long time. Who do you think will win this year?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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