It’s a winning debut for Garbine Muguruza.
The 22-year-old Spanish-Venezuelan tennis player won her first match at the WTA Finals.
Muguruza, the second-seed who was making her debut at the season-ending tournament, beat Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Monday.
Muguruza is the first Spaniard to play in the WTA Finals since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 2001.
“To go here, and play and win for the first time, it’s great,” Muguruza said. “So I feel now more calm, more in the tournament.”
Muguruza reached her first Grand Slam final this year at Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams in straight sets.
She was the first Spanish woman to reach a Grand Slam final since Conchita Martinez lost the French Open final in 2000 and the first to do so at Wimbledon since Sanchez-Vicario in 1995 and 1996.
Next up for Muguruza will be Angelique Kerber in Wednesday’s evening session.