Review and Mail Writer
Former tennis world number one and two-time grand slam women’s champion Garbine Muguruza recently landed on Zimbabwean soil and visited the country’s revered tourist destination, Victoria Falls.
The Spaniard took to Instagram and shared a few snaps of herself exploring some of the prominent sights in Victoria Falls.
Various social media users have jokingly said that Muguruza’s visit to Zimbabwe is a home coming of sorts, as many have said that her last name “Muguruza” sounds like a Shona name.
She joins a long list of other high-profile personalities who have visited the Victoria Falls, ranked among the seven greatest natural wonders of the world.
Socialite Paris Hilton, actor turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hollywood couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are some of the notable names who have visited Victoria Falls.
Actor and rapper Will Smith also made a surprise visit to the resort town in 2017, as did retired professional wrestler Shawn Michaels and the late king of pop Michael Jackson.
To date, Muguruza has won 10 WTA singles titles – most significantly the 2016 French Open and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and five WTA doubles titles.
Other highlights of Muguruza’s career thus far include reaching the final of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, quarter-final appearances at the French Open in 2014 and 2015; two runner-up finishes in doubles at the Madrid Open in 2014 and 2015 and a semi-final appearance in doubles at the 2014 French Open alongside Carla Suárez Navarro.
Muguruza reached her career-high ranking of world No. 1 on 11 September 2017 and a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 10.
With powerful groundstrokes and an aggressive style of play, Muguruza came to prominence by reaching the fourth round at the 2014 Australian Open and beating a former world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki.
She defeated then-world No. 1 Serena Williams in the second round of that year’s French Open, en route to the quarterfinals.