— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) October 11, 2015
(October 11,2015) Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza won the China Open with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Timea Bacsinszky for her second career WTA title, first Premier Mandatory.
Muguruza rallied from 5-2 down in the first set and a break down in the second set to claim the title.
“It was a very tough start of the match,” said the winner. “I was nervous. I was really nervous because I came from the final of Wuhan thinking, C’mon, I want to win this one so much. Sometimes it doesn’t help to think like this, but you cannot say no.
“I think, yeah, it was tough. But I could turn it around at some point during the set. I think also Timea started really believing she could do it, and she was playing great.”
The title will vault the Spaniard to No. 4 in the rankings, a career high.
“Well, definitely it’s a big achievement,” said Muguruza. “I think, you know, to see you are improving, also on the tennis side, but in the rankings, it’s that moment when there’s only three more in front of me. It feels good. It feels that you’re doing in a right way your things. “
Muguruza, has playing well in Asia, last week a finalist in Wuhan falling to Venus Williams, when she had to retire in the second set with an ankle injury.
Bacsinszky, almost out of the game of tennis two years ago will reach the top ten on Monday.
“I think I’ve never imagined ever in my whole life to be one day top 10. Right now I’m top 10. Yesterday I didn’t talk about it so much because probably I was only focusing on the tournament.
“But just looking back with what I’ve achieved right now, yeah, just have goosebumps right now because the road was long. It’s just so great, yeah, and special.”
“It was already not a goal to be top 10, to be honest,” said the Swiss. “I talked about it many, many times. Maybe it’s crazy for some people to understand that I have no goals, no special goals.
“My only goal is to give 100% wherever I am, if it’s in Europe, if it’s in Asia, if it’s in South America, if it’s sunny, if it’s rainy, if it’s snowy, if it’s wind, no wind, whatever. I try to give my best every day. I try to push myself.
“It got me where I am right now. I had big faith in my project. When someone was talking to me about top 10, I was like, Yeah, yeah, top 10 is over there, it’s far. Right now I am one of it.
“It just shows if you don’t set yourself limits, you can go anywhere. You can just push, push, push yourself every day. That’s what I’m doing.”
Muguruza has withdrawn from this week’s Hong Kong Open, citing that her ankle needs to recover.