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The women’s circuit is ‘no longer the domain of Serena,’ claims Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza thinks the women’s circuit is more competitive than ever before and feels no one player will be able to dominate in the same way Serena Williams did.

Although the Spaniard has gained a reputation for being inconsistent, two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza showed glimpses of what she is capable of last season.

She won the Dubai Tennis Championships, the Chicago Falls Tennis Classic and the prestigious season concluding WTA Finals.

As such, she finished the year ranked third in the WTA world rankings behind World number one Ashleigh Barty and World number two Aryna Sabalenka.

Over the past few years, the women’s tour has been tightly contested and extremely competitive, with each of this year’s four Grand Slams being won by a different player. This has happened every year since 2017, with no one player winning more than one Slam per year.

This season Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open, Barbora Krejcikova took the French Open, Ashleigh Barty claimed Wimbledon and Emma Raducanu shocked the world when she won the US Open as a qualifier at just 18 years old.

23-time Slam ace Serena Williams was ruled out of the second half of the season through injury. As a result, her best Slam performance this season saw her reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Moreover, Serena has not won a Major since 2017.

Muguruza told Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo that she thinks no one player will be able to dominate in the same way as Serena due to the tough competition on the WTA tour.

She said “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 [even when I am] feeling good I have also lost because the others also play very well. There is more competition than ever.

“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,” Muguruza claimed.

“Because I also don’t see that anyone is regularly winning titles. Out of thirty tournaments this year, almost all of them are different champions.”

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