Former World No.1 Garbine Muguruza captured her first title after almost a couple of years at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships 2021. Nevertheless, the Spaniard admits she was crowned amid difficulties and dedicates this victory to her physio.
In April 2019, the two-time Grand Slam champion claimed her last title at the Monterrey Open. Afterwards, she reached finals at the 2020 Australian Open, especially this year at Yarra Valley Classic and Qatar Total Open. But, Muguruza was not able to add one more title to her account.
“I’m Very Happy After Losing A Few Finals In A Row To Get This One(Title)”: Muguruza
However, Garbine has now hunted her 8th tour-level title on the Dubai hard court after defeating the Czech Barbora Krejcikova in the straight sets 7-6(6), 6-3.
“It’s a great achievement. I’ve been coming here for many years in a row, and I felt like I was close, but not enough, and today finally I got the champion’s trophy. I’m very happy after losing a few finals in a row to get this one,” Muguruza said in the post-match interview.
“I’m Very Proud Of My Whole Team,” says Garbine Muguruza
Before competing in Doha, Muguruza’s coach Conchita Martínez tested positive for the Coronavirus. As a result, the 48-years-old Spaniard guided her student via video conferencing throughout this year’s Middle East swing.
Spaniard continued, “It was very challenging, more than people think, with so many things that happened in this Middle East swing, but we stood strong & I’m very proud of my whole team.”
World No.16 also emphasised that her physio helped her a lot for her achievement during the coach’s absence.
“I want to dedicate this tournament to my physio Adri. This week, she worked so hard to do everything, the coaching, the physio, and fitness training. I’m proud of her work & also to Conchi my coach she got the virus & was so upset she couldn’t come, this one’s for her,” Muguruza concluded.