After prevailing in an all-Spanish semifinal against Paula Badosa, 6-3, 6-3, Garbine Muguruza is now a win away from becoming the first Spanish woman ever to win the WTA Finals in the 50th edition of the season-ending championships.

This is actually just the second time in the 50-year history of the WTA Finals that a Spanish woman has even reached the final, and the first time was in 1993, when Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario achieved the feat—six weeks after Muguruza was born.

Sanchez-Vicario lost to Steffi Graf in a best-of-five final that year, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

This was also the first time two Spanish women made it through to the semifinals of the WTA Finals, and since they played each other, a Spanish finalist was guaranteed.

“This is amazing,” Muguruza said when she was asked about it after her round-robin win over Anett Kontaveit. “I didn’t know all of this history. 1993, I was born that year.

“It’s amazing there are four players left and two of them are Spaniards. I mean, that just shows that Spain has a great level of tennis, and a great school.”

Muguruza has now AT LEAST reached the final at four of the five biggest tournaments on the WTA calendar: the four Grand Slams and the WTA Finals.

~ Australian Open: Final (2020)
~ Roland Garros: Won (2016)
~ Wimbledon: Won (2017), Final (2015)
~ US Open: 4th Rd (2017, 2021)
~ WTA Finals: Final (2021)