There Is No Longer The Domain of Serena Williams, Says Garbine Muguruza

Published 01/01/2022, 10:07 AM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during her third round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Garbine Muguruza of Spain came under the spotlight when she lifted her maiden WTA Finals title this year. She has notably ended her 2021 season at the World No. 3 ranking. When asked to speak about the competition on the WTA Tour, she said there’s no longer the dominance of Serena Williams.

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This year’s WTA tournaments observed various different champions at different tournaments, including four different winners at the four Grand Slams. Muguruza believes the competitiveness has increased drastically this year with more fine players rising up.

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Garbine Muguruza feels the incredible reign of Serena Williams has ended

The two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza has shown hints of her finest form recently. She lifted titles at Dubai Tennis championships, Chicago Fall Tennis classic, and the prestigious WTA Finals. Recently, she was asked who Garbine thinks will dominate the 2022 circuit.

Muguruza replied, “It’s tough, there is a lot of competition, each tournament is a little bit that you never know who is going to win. If I am good with myself, I think I am a very difficult opponent to beat, but feeling good I have also lost because the others also play very well. There is more competitive than ever.”

No one player, like Serena Williams for so long, will dominate, according to the Spaniard. Williams has achieved 23 Grand Slam titles in her professional career so far, but her last Slam victory came in 2017 and in the 2021 season, her best result was reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Muguruza added, “There is no longer the domain of Serena (Williams) or something like that, now it is like each tournament that plays the best that week is going to take it away.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

With the emergence of young stars like Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez at the US Open this year, it’s clear to see that the future of WTA is bright and full of competition.

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Challenging times continue for Williams

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion is still struggling with her hamstring injury. She was forced to retire from the opening round of Wimbledon 2021. Since then, she’s yet to make her comeback on the WTA circuit.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 06: Serena Williams of the United States looks to the skies after missing a shot against Elena Rybakina of Russia in the fourth round of the women’s singles at Roland Garros on June 06, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Despite announcing positive news about her participation at the Australian Open 2022 previously, the former World No. 1 recently pulled out from the event in Melbourne Park. We’ll have to wait and see what lies ahead for Serena Williams.

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Do you agree with Garbine’s comments? Will Serena be able to dominate the Tour again when she returns?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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