Giuliana Olmos: the perfect year is played with joy

Giuliana Olmos does not hide her smile when she starts a press conference at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara 2021. She looks relaxed, happy and outgoing because it is not just any event, but the biggest of the year in the women’s tennis, the one that recruits the eight best singles and doubles players in the world, and in which she is classified with a historic position by being the first Mexican to achieve it.

“I never thought I was going to get here because it was not a goal in my head at the beginning of the year either, but when we won in Rome (Masters 1000 held in May) we added a lot of points and there I realized that we were like the 6th couple. 7 in the world and I said to Sharon (Fichman, his partner) ‘I think we can make it, we must try to reach the Finals’. It was a goal that we had but we did not think much, we just wanted to enjoy each week, continue to improve and now I am very happy that we arrived, that is more special because there is a Mexican playing ”, reflected Olmos, who will make his debut in the Guadalajara tournament Today against the pair of Czechs, Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.

The smile of Giuliana in almost a week in Guadalajara describes his way of living the tournament: rather than clinging to looking for the title, he focuses on enjoying each moment as if it were the last. A special occasion for a Mexican who feels the warmth of her audience.

“The truth is for me it is a motivation to be here, I do not feel any pressure, I feel that it is an advantage to play at home and to have a tournament as big as this in our sport is something incredible for the level of tennis in Mexico. I am also very excited because it will be the only time this tournament is played in Mexico and it may be the only time that I make it to the Finals, so what I want is to take advantage, enjoy this moment and do the best I can. “

Giuliana was born in Schwarzach, Austria, on March 4, 1993; her father is a native of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, and her mother is Austrian, but they all moved to the United States since the now tennis player was only three years old. Despite this context, his affection for Mexico does not change and he makes him explode his level even more when he steps on the territory, as he did in March at the Zapopan Open (WTA 250 level).

Yes, I love playing in Mexico and more with many people, it helps me to play my best tennis, I played here in March and I feel very used to it, I feel that I am getting used to it better now than that time. Also, I think they know me a little bit here and that cheer will help me (…) It has been my best year, I have more experience and confidence, I feel that every week I am improving, I am very happy with my life and that has helped to live my best tennis and the truth is to finish the year playing the Finals in Mexico is a dream ”.

In 2021, Giuliana Olmos He has managed to win more than half of the financial prizes of his entire career, which began in 2017. This year he has added $ 237,474 and one of his greatest sporting glories, by winning the doubles of the Masters 1000 in Rome with Sharon Fichman, with whom he reached 2,491 enough points to qualify for the 2021 Finals (together with the losses of Coco Gauff-Caty McNally and Gabriela Dabrowski-Luisa Stefani).

Giuliana had already achieved two other titles in his career: the WTA 250 from Nottingham (2019) and from Acapulco (2020), but at a lower level in the tennis hierarchy. But this year he was prolific not only because of the triumph in Rome, but also because he was a semifinalist in the Masters 1000 de Miami and fourth finalist of a Grand Slam, at Australian Open from January.

Not only that. This year she also won her first participation in the Olympic Games with Renata Zarazúa and shortly after she was runner-up in the US Open Grand Slam in the mixed category, together with Salvadoran Marcelo Arévalo. This resume made him climb from 61st place in the world doubles ranking, where he was in November 2020, to the current 23rd place.

“I feel super ready in the Finals, after the Olympic Games I took three weeks off, after the US Open another two and after Indian Wells two more, so of the last 12 weeks I rested seven and that is why I feel very ready, like starting the year, very fresh. I am very excited to play here and it will be something very good for Mexico, I want to take the opportunity and continue to put the name of my country very high.

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