Muguruza plans to rule women's tennis for a long time. Photo WORLD SPORT GROUP

SHE’S YOUNG, beautiful and riding on a fast rising star.

Only 16 days into her 22nd birthday, Garbine Muguruza has been bandied about as the next big thing in women’s tennis.

Ahead of the WTA Finals that starts today at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the Spaniard is seeded behind only Simona Halep in the singles competition, and ahead of Maria Sharapova.

The turn of events was unlikely for Muguruza. Only a month ago, she was No. 8 and fighting to qualify for the WTA showpiece event here.

She has had an amazing run that began in January 2014, when she hovered around just under the top 60.

Good results since then, including reaching the Wimbledon final against eventual champion Serena Williams in June, nudged her steadily up the WTA rankings.

Winning the China Open two weeks ago was the shot in the arm she needed, as it pushed her further up to No. 4 and second in the Race to Singapore.


The question now is if she has what it takes to rule women’s tennis among the new generation of stars once Williams calls it a day.

“For sure, it’s one of my objectives to be up there and stay there,” Muguruza said yesterday in a media session.

“That’s what I’m working for. I’m really motivated to achieve that and I think I’m on a good path.”

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