I’ve watched Garbine Muguruza ascend up the WTA rankings over the past few years so in theory it shouldn’t come as a shock to me that she has risen to world #3 in the new singles rankings. Yet somehow it feels like she’s rocketed up the list in recent months in such a surprising and rapid manner that her being the #2 overall seed at the 2015 WTA Finals feels like she’s arrived maybe a year sooner than I expected. But I’m very pleased to see her growth and progression. Gabi opened up play in the White Group with a hard fought 6-3 7-6 (4) over Lucie Safarova. Making the switch to coach Sam Sumyk, who was with Victoria Azarenka when she rose to world #1, has been a boon for Muguruza. Regardless of who is still ahead of her (Serena and Simona), Gabi is not intimidated. She’s made it clear that she is working to rise two more spots to the top of the WTA singles mountain.
2 GARBINE MUGURUZA (won 6-3 7-6 (4) vs 8 Lucie Safarova)
6 ANGELIQUE KERBER (won 6-2 7-6 (3) vs 4 Petra Kvitova)