Garbine Muguruza expects another competitive season on the WTA Tour as she bids to return to the top of the world rankings.
The Spaniard was one of five women to top the charts during 2017 but she will head into the new year at number two in the standings behind Romania’s Simona Halep.
Muguruza will kick-off the new season at the Brisbane International, where she will be the top seed, while she will also have one eye on the upcoming Australian Open.
The 24-year-old already has two Grand Slam titles to her name and will be looking to add to that tally during 2018 as she also aims to top the world rankings again.
However, the Venezuelan-born ace knows it will be easier said than done due to the competitive nature of the women’s game.
“I think everybody is looking for that,” Muguruza said of her desire to establish herself as the permanent number one.
“It’s tough; everyone is at an equal level and is very consistent, so it’s really like a war in the women’s field.”
Things are likely to get even tougher due to the impending return of 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and Muguruza expects the American to hit the ground running despite the fact she only gave birth to her first child around four months ago.
“I don’t really know how she is but she’s always going to be one of the best players in the world, no matter what state she is in,” Muguruza added.
Muguruza is priced at 7.00 to win the upcoming Australian Open.