“I went to the town, did a tasting. I need to do this before because when I win …” Muguruza said. “We’re (now) going to have some tequila, have fun, lose all the tension we’ve been having and holding. I th ink the whole team deserves it.”
Muguruza became the first Spaniard to win the WTA Finals. The first person she celebrated with was coach Conchita Martinez.
The new champion won back-to-back titles in Monterrey in northern Mexico in 2018 and 2019, and her past successes drove her to qualify for the WTA Finals.
“The whole year with my team I was saying to them, ‘It’s in Mexico, we have to make it, c’mon.’ It was my biggest motivation,” Muguruza said.
All week, she was backed by the locals at Estadio Akron, and reciprocated by wearing a Mexico soccer jersey for her last two matches.
“My manager, Oliver, he was like, ‘You know what, for the first time Garbiñe, you’re really using the crowd, really getting that energy and using it on the court. You should do that more often,” Muguruza said.
“A big lesson to me is I should get the energy from the environment. I’m very supported here in Mexico. I don’t know if it will be everywhere, but I used it this week for sure.”
Kontaveit will finish the year at No. 7. The Estonian qualified last for the WTA Finals by winning 29 of 32 matches, including four titles in 10 weeks.