‘Never experienced anything like this’ – WTA Finals held in difficult conditions
With the WTA Finals being held in Mexico, Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka have explained the difficulty with the conditions.
The WTA Finals were originally set to be held in Shenzhen, China in 2020 but were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and China’s strict travel restrictions. The tournament was then moved to Guadalajara, Mexico for 2021.
Guadalajara sits 1,500 metres above sea level and the high altitude makes the air thinner. Multiple WTA Finalists have found the conditions difficult to acclimatise to and have said it is hard to control their shots.
The group draw for the WTA Finals was made earlier this week, and the draw sees top seed Aryna Sabalenka, former French Open champion Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari and Paula Badosa form the Chichen Itza group.
Whilst second seed Barbora Krejcikova, third seed and World number four Karolina Pliskova, two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza and the in-form Anett Kontaveit face each other in the Teotihuacán group.
Some players arrived a few days prior to the tournament in order to try and get used to the challenging conditions. Since all finalists this year are European, the Mexican climate could take some adjusting to.
Venezuela-born two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza has played in Mexico before, but has claimed that she has never played in such conditions.
“I have not experienced anything like this before, this altitude. I’ve definitely played well in Mexico in other conditions.
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