Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Muguruza named WTA player of the year

Muguruza named WTA player of the year

The Romanian described usurping Garbine Muguruza to become the best player in the world as the best day of her life and is determined to retain her status next week.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza has been named the Women's Tennis Association's (WTA) Player of the Year after reaching number one in the rankings and winning Wimbledon.

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She backed up her Wimbledon crown with another title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, and reached the semifinals or better at Brisbane, Rome, Birmingham, Stanford and Tokyo PPO.

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"I don't know what the other girls prefer, but I'm happy with my group, actually", the Czech player said in her pre-tournament press conference. "I have a lot of experience this year, I'm just going there to give my best, to try to be focused on what I have to play in each match, and we will see at the end who is going to be number one".

Germany's Angelique Kerber was presented the Jerry Diamond ACES Award, which goes to the player who consistently goes "above and beyond" in the promotion of women's tennis to fans, media and local communities.

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