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Garbine Muguruza made head turns as she accepted an award at the 2023 Women in Sport Awards in Barcelona.

Muguruza, who is currently on a tennis hiatus, attended the third edition of the Women in Sport Awards in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, October 16. The two-time Grand Slam champion was honored with the ‘Sports Talent Award’ at the ceremony.

Muguruza was a sight to behold as she donned a stunning deep-red halter neck gown by Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera.

Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza later posed for a seemingly impromptu photoshoot with her trophy on the streets. The Venezuela-born Spanish tennis player, who is the ambassador for Rolex, also showed off her watch.

Alongside the former World No. 1, Spanish footballer Aitana Bonmati, boxer Joana Pastrana, and snowboarder Queralt Castellet were a few other names, who won awards for their contribution to women’s sports in Spain.

The ladies of the WTA Tour have been busy collecting Wimbledon wins, preparing for the Olympics and the upcoming hard-court swing. The top players took some time to recharge their batteries by stepping away from the court and grabbing their swimsuits or over-the-knee boots—nothing is stopping them from missing out on hot girl summer.

Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina or Monaco mermaid? The world No. 6 hit the shores of Monte-Carlo to soak up the sun in a red one-piece.

Garbine Muguruza

For tips on how to properly rest and relax, turn to Garbiñe Muguruza. The Spaniard made time for a quick photoshoot to capture her serene spa day. Muguruza looked fresh-faced and content as she smiled in a black and white bikini.

Madison Keys rocked an asymmetrical cutout one-piece from Frankies Bikinis’ summer collection. The 70’s-esque pattern added a fun flair to Keys’ dining room as she enjoyed “homecation time.”

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Sloane Stephens

Sloane is bringing the sunshine. The American lit up the room in her bright yellow Solid and Striped bikini, while her matching Rolex added a major statement. The American isn’t just making statements off the court, Stephens took out No. 10 seed Petra Kvitova in her Wimbledon opener and reached the Round of 16 at Roland Garros.

The Estonian stepped out in another 70’s-inspired fit, comprised of white over-the-knee go go boots, a knit mini dress, and wavy hair. And her Instagram caption?

“Hot girl summer,” of course.

Former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza hasn’t competed since January amid an indefinite break from tennis.

And that’s likely not going to change anytime soon, as the Spaniard recently revealed that she has “no intention” of returning to professional tennis courts—at least not for the moment.

“As of today I have no intention (to return to competition),” Muguruza told Women’s Health, speaking during a Zumba instructors’ event last month in Malaga. “My plan right now is to sleep, rest, be with my loved ones, make up for lost time…

“I don’t look beyond what I’m doing today, tomorrow and this week.”

Muguruza’s last match took place at a WTA 250 event in Lyon, where the then world No. 82 fell in straight sets to qualifier Linda Noskova. But the two-time Grand Slam champion’s struggles date back to 2022, a season in which she won back-to-back tennis matches on just two occasions—a surprising drop-off, after Muguruza finished the 2021 season by clinching the WTA Finals trophy in Guadalajara.

The 30-year-old announced in April that she would be taking a break from competition in favor of spending the time resting and recharging with friends and family, and became engaged to Arthur Borges in May.

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In the meantime, Muguruza has been trying out new things. She’s taken her love for Zumba to the next level, attended the San Sebastian International Film Festival and rang in her 30th birthday in style. The only thing she’s not doing? Playing tennis or getting anywhere near a tennis court.

Muguruza’s last match took place at a WTA 250 event in Lyon, where the then world No. 82 fell in straight sets to qualifier Linda Noskova. But the two-time Grand Slam champion’s struggles date back to 2022, a season in which she won back-to-back tennis matches on just two occasions—a surprising drop-off, after Muguruza finished the 2021 season by clinching the WTA Finals trophy in Guadalajara.

The 30-year-old announced in April that she would be taking a break from competition in favor of spending the time resting and recharging with friends and family, and became engaged to Arthur Borges in May.

In the meantime, Muguruza has been trying out new things. She’s taken her love for Zumba to the next level, attended the San Sebastian International Film Festival and rang in her 30th birthday in style. The only thing she’s not doing? Playing tennis or getting anywhere near a tennis court.

“I’m taking advantage of doing all the things I didn’t have time to do when I was training for tennis.”

Muguruza is currently ranked No. 1038, having dropped out of the Top 200 in June.

Garbine Muguruza says she has “no intention” of returning to tennis anytime soon, having not played a match since January. The former world No. 1 has stepped away from the sport and said her “plan is to just sleep, rest, spend time with loved ones and make up for lost time”. The two-time Grand Slam winner has fallen to No. 1061 in the world rankings.

The last few years have seen several star names step away from tennis.
Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty have retired. Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber have taken time off as they have become mothers.
The former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion has not played a match since late January.
In April, she said that she would be extending her hiatus, and six months later, there seems no immediate end in sight.
“Right now, I have no intention [about returning],” the 30-year-old told Women’s Health.
“My plan is to just sleep, rest, spend time with loved ones and make up for lost time… I’m not really thinking beyond what I’m doing today, tomorrow, and this week, you know?
“And as for how I’m feeling about taking this break that I announced back in mid-April, I must say I’m really enjoying it.
“I was just so tired of the pressure and being judged by the media and experts every week. So, this break is exactly what my body and mind needed. I’m genuinely loving every moment of it.”
During her time away from tennis, Muguruza has been teaching Zumba, seen in her 30th birthday, and got engaged.
Garbine Muguruza
From years spent practising daily on the WTA Tour, tennis has now very much taken a back seat.
“Tennis has no place in my routine,” she added. “I still pay attention to my peers, from time to time I play, but not intensely, more for fun.
“It doesn’t occupy my mind, my day or my routines, I’m really taking a real break and trying to stay away from the courts.”
Muguruza has fallen to No. 1061 in the world rankings due to her absence this season.
She was world No. 1 in 2017 when she beat Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final to win the second Grand Slam title of her career.
She won the WTA Finals in 2021 but the following season managed just 12 wins and struggled to rediscover her best form. Her most recent match was a straight-sets defeat to Linda Noskova in January which saw her fall to 0-4 for the year.
Asked about how she keeps motivating during training, Muguruza said: “My motivation is always very high, but in a world as competitive as high-level tennis, I hold on very strongly to the fact that if I don’t train, my opponents will and they will beat me because they will be more prepared.”
Although she has no comeback plans, Muguruza said in the summer that she doesn’t see her break as a permanent move away from the sport.
Garbine Muguruza
“I haven’t set a date for a comeback just yet, but it definitely won’t be this year because I want to spend time with my family,” she is quoted as saying by El Pais.
“It’s not a permanent farewell or anything, just a year off to recharge. It’s not really the competition I miss, but I do miss that feeling of winning. Right now, my main goal is to rest up and unwind.”
Muguruza has experienced dips in form before; in 2018 and 2019 she slipped down the rankings before climbing back up, reaching a fourth Grand Slam final and getting back to No. 3 in the world.
But will she return to the top this time? And if so, when?
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Garbine Muguruza admits she is looking forward to seeing the end of the current season as she continues to struggle for confidence.

Muguruza came into 2022 in good form and with high-hopes for a trophy-laden campaign. That hasn’t happened, though, with her instead feeling a huge sense of frustration in her performances.

She has fallen out of the WTA top ten as back-to-back wins have been tough to come by, and she is keen to get into the off-season to have a bit of a rethink.

“It’s been a tough season, a little bit of a roller coaster,” Garbine Muguruza admitted. “I don’t know if I’m going to be able, with these last tournaments, to have a different feeling. That’s my goal.

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“I think that it’s all about confidence and how well you’re playing or how many matches you’ve been playing.

“Definitely this year I feel that I haven’t played that many matches so obviously when the important moments come, you really feel that confidence that is not quite there yet.

“I think also trying and trying and trying, at some point I will get rewarded.”

Murguruza has had a particularly poor season at the majors this year. In fact, the US Open was her best and she couldn’t get any further than the third round in New York.