Garbine Muguruza News
Muguruza has not managed to string together more than two wins at a tournament and fell out of the world top 10 earlier this month.
The number five seed and two-time Grand Slam champion earned just her third win on the WTA Tour since February.
Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Garbine Muguruza, Iga Swiatek, Elina Svitolina all were bundled out of the WTA tournament in Dubai.
Australian Open 2022: Medvedev tames Kyrgios; Muguruza, Raducanu among high-profile exits in 2nd round
Also out on a day of shocks was former world number one Andy Murray, losing to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in straight sets, as the Grand Slam roared into life on day four.
Tennis Australia (TA), which organises the Australian Open, says players only need to test if they have Covid symptoms.
Muguruza said with her team isolating she had to train by herself for a fortnight and while that normally doesn't bother her, it was not ideal in the pre-season.
After Sunday's deportation of men's defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic, the first Grand Slam of the year is now in full swing and many are eager to move on from the visa saga.
"I think the WTA, the whole organisation, they handled it really well. I'm really proud of them," Osaka said.
There remain doubts about how free Peng really is and having made global headlines for weeks, the outcry about her plight has since died down
Muguruza, a former world number one and two-time Grand Slam champion, will be one of the main contenders for next week's Australian Open.
The 28-year-old Muguruza was previously ranked third back in July 2018, while her compatriot Paula Badosa, whom she beat in the semi-finals, also leapt two spots to go eighth
The 28-year-old Spaniard beat Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to improve her record playing in Mexico at 14 wins and two losses
Anett Kontaveit will face Garbine Muguruza in the final of the season-ending WTA Finals in Guadalajara after both women battled through the semi-finals in contrasting fashion
Muguruza's victory in her final round-robin contest in the eight-woman season finale in Guadalajara denied Karolina Pliskova a place in the knockout phase
To qualify for the semi-finals for the second time in her career, Garbine Muguruza (1-1) needs a win on Sunday against Kontaveit (2-0) and a Krejcikova victory over Pliskova (1—1).
Anett Kontaveit continued her late-season surge, notching her 12th straight WTA match win as she assured herself of finishing in the top two of her group
Pliskova is playing the WTA Finals for the fifth time, having reached the semifinals in 2018 and '19. The 2020 tournament was cancelled.
Kremlin Cup 2021: Aryna Sabalenka knocked out by Ekaterina Alexandrova, Maria Sakkari beats Simona Halep
Sabalenka was playing in her first tournament since reaching the semi-finals of the US Open last month. She then missed the tournament in Indian Wells, California, after a positive test for the coronavirus.
Medvedev didn't face a break point, and converted three of his seven break chances against the American to wrap things up in 72 minutes.
The rebranded Fed Cup tournament will be held on indoor hard courts at Prague's O2 Arena on 1-6 November after the Czech capital replaced Budapest as the host city earlier this year.