Back in June, young Spanish player Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title after defeating Venus Williams in straight sets, claiming her second major Grand Slam event. Now all eyes are on the Spaniard as she tries to make it back-to-back titles and claim her first US Open crown.
Garbine, who started her professional career back in 2012, is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting tennis players in the modern era. She won the French Open back in 2016 when she overcame defending champion Serena Williams in a nail-biting match and became the only woman to ever beat both sisters in a major singles finals. She has made it to the quarter-final of the Australian Open but never got past the second round in the US.
However, her recent form has been fantastic, and coming off the back of a title win may just be the kind of motivation she needs to clinch her first consecutive major. She is currently the favourite in the latest odds to win the tournament at 6/1, with last year’s runner-up Karolina Pliskova just behind her on 13/2. The defending champion Angelique Kerber comes in at 9/1 and will be an extremely tough opponent for Garbine if they happen to meet on the road to the final.
Muguruza will go into the competition seeded sixth behind Kerber in fifth, and ahead of Britain’s Johanna Konta in seventh. She only went into Wimbledon as the 14th seed, but after impressing spectators with her powerful playing style, there will be a lot more expectation on her to do well at Flushing Meadows. The fact that she did well on the fast and bouncy courts of England will have tennis fans excited, knowing that the hard courts at New York will offer the same type of speed and won’t require too much adjustment.
Her aggressive style and raw power will come into play heavily on the American courts, and she will need to apply the same ruthlessness as she did to Venus in their recent final. Many believed that she did not have the skill to defeat her opposition then, but her game from the baseline was world class and she used her youth to outrun her opponent, with her strength and endurance playing a major part. She will be flying high at this point in time and confident to build on what is shaping up to be quite a successful year.
Pliskova is probably looking like her biggest challenger for the title, and she will be hungry to make amends for her loss back in 2016. The Czech Republic star is another player who is absolutely loaded with talent, but hasn’t reached her full potential just yet. She is one to watch for this tournament though, and definitely a threat for Muguruza if she wishes to claim her first US Open.