Two-time grand slam winner Garbine Muguruza returns to Hobart after first winning the 2014 title

WHAT A SMASH: Garbine Muguruza in recent action.
WHAT A SMASH: Garbine Muguruza in recent action.

Former world No.1 and 2014 champion, Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, is a late confirmation to make a shock return back to the 2020 Hobart International.

"We are just thrilled to announce that Garbine Muguruza has been awarded a wildcard for 2020," Hobart International tournament director Darren Sturgess said.

"Garbine has an impressive resume as both a singles and doubles player and we're excited to welcome her back.

"Securing a former world No.1 and two-time grand slam champion is a great result for the Hobart International and reinforces the event as a platform for both current and future stars."

The 26-year old won her maiden WTA title in Hobart as a qualifier ranked No.58, defeating seventh seed Klara Zakopalova before finishing the year as world No.21.

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Six years on this January since the win, she felt Hobart has a "special place for me".

"The people are so warm and friendly and I am looking forward to coming back," she said in a statement.

Muguruza was runner-up to Serena Williams in her maiden grand slam final appearance at Wimbledon in 2015 before breaking through to win the 2016 French Open over the American great.

She defeated Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2017, soon after becoming the top-ranked world female player.

Tasmania has been a successful destination for the Venezuelan-born star with a Basque father, with the current world No.36 having claimed the Hobart International doubles title in 2013.

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