After reaching the final of the Premier 5 event in Wuhan, WTA Rising Star Garbiñe Muguruza becomes the third Spaniard in WTA Rankings history to reach the Top 5.
WTA Staff

BEIJING, China - As she travels from one big WTA stop in China to another - Wuhan to Beijing - Garbiñe Muguruza hits a brand new career-high on the WTA Rankings, rising to No.5 in the world.

She was a career-high No.8 when she headed to Wuhan a week ago, and now, after reaching the final of that Premier 5-level tournament, the Spanish WTA Rising Star raises her own bar by three spots.

Muguruza was told of the pending ranking move after the Wuhan final - she didn't even know.

"I never check these things - it's like, 'I don't want to know, I don't want to know!'" she said.

"But it's definitely good. It's definitely been a good season. If you're improving, especially on the tennis court and also in your ranking, it feels good. It means you're probably doing the right things.

"It's going to be my best ranking. Yay! Hopefully I can keep it for the rest of the year."

Muguruza is the third Spaniard in the near-40-year history of WTA Rankings to reach the Top 5, after Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (who spent a total of 401 career weeks inside the Top 5 and peaked at No.1) and Conchita Martínez (who spent a total of 214 career weeks inside the Top 5 and peaked at No.2).

She's also the 14th player in WTA Rankings history to achieve a career-high of No.5 in the world.

Here are the other 13 players who've peaked at No.5 - so far, at least:
Rosie Casals (USA)
Margaret Court (AUS)
Betty Stove (NED)
Kathy Jordan (USA)
Sylvia Hanika (GER)
Jo Durie (GBR)
Natasha Zvereva (BLR)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
Angelique Kerber (GER)
Sara Errani (ITA)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Can Muguruza go even higher? She's the No.5 seed at the Premier Mandatory-level China Open in Beijing this week, and after a first round bye she'll begin against American qualifier Irina Falconi.