Garbiñe Muguruza marked an impressive debut at the WTA Finals Singapore singles competition on Monday with a straight set victory over Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6. Muguruza solidified her place in the year-end championships with back to back final appearances in Premier 5 Wuhan Open (runner-up) and Premier Mandatory China Open (winner) and she continued the winning streak here.
“It was a very tough match, I was very nervous as it was my first time here playing singles,” Muguruza said during the on-court interview after the match.
Their last meeting had a different ending with Safarova ousting Muguruza at the Roland Garros quarterfinals in May.
“In Roland Garros she played an amazing match – I played a good match also – but this time, I don’t know, I just wanted to win so much. I was fighting and concentrating very much,” the Spaniard said.
Muguruza will aim to continue her winning debut on Wednesday where she will face Angelique Kerber of Germany. The 22-year old is also competing in doubles with partner Carla Suarez Navarro.
Safarova, also competing in doubles with Bethannie Mattek-Sands, will be gearing up for her singles match on Wednesday where she will face close friend and fellow Czech Petra Kvitova.