Garbiñe Muguruza’s twitter profile has her writing that "Life’s too big to play small.” Since she opened her Twitter account in March 2010, she has racked up 172k followers. Compared to number one ranked Serena Williams, who she trounced to win the French Open, this number of followers is a packet of peanuts. Williams, who opened her Twitter account just one year before Garbiñe has over 6.2 million followers.

Few fans at the party.

Garbiñe Muguruza’s determination to play big and make a successful Tennis career is demonstrated by her persistent effort to grab titles, despite a string of disappointments in her career so far.

Whilst the new star battled through the bad days, she always looked stunning with that big swath of hair and a bigger smile. And yet, fans did not come to the party. Even following her victory over Williams in France, Facebook search results for Garbiñe Muguruza Fans, show that there are just over 1,000 people talking about this. Run a search for fan groups and at this time there are just eight results. The biggest group has a woeful amount of fans. There is the Garbine Muguruza and Friends group with just 46 members.

Looking at Twitter fans.

If you think you are going to join a massive Muguruza fan site on Twitter, think again. Search there and you will find that few fan groups exist. GarbineMuguruzaFan has just 20 follows, while the plural version, GarbineMuguruzaFans has just 152 followers, while Muguruza Fans @GarbineMug has 100 followers.

While Muguruza has been working so hard, fans have been staying with already rich and famous players; metaphorically twiddling until Rome burns.

Paying attention.

The message coming across from her rather dismal public fan base is that nobody has really been paying much attention to her, despite winning her firstWTAsingles title at theHobart Internationalin 2014.

It really should be no surprise that she won the French Open this year, because fans who have been paying attention will know that in the 2014 French Open, she managed to advance to her first major quarter final. This might not be wholly impressive until you recall that in this match she simply slayed the world number one, Serena, who had to deal with her worst defeat in a Grand Slam tournament.

Jitters in the rankings.

This is not the only time that Garbiñe has given the World’s top players the jitters in the top ten rankings. Although she lost to Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon finals, she entered the Top 10 ranking for the first time in her career and moved into the #9 spot in the WTA Rankings. This meant that she effectively jumped 10 places between March and July in 2015 and just last month was sitting at number 4 under Agnieszka Radwańska and Angelique Kerber. This must surely have given fans an inkling that she was on the way to the top in her chosen career.

Fans want consistency.

Now ranked at number 2, a spot previously held by Maria Sharapova, the 22 year old is playing a meaningful game of tennis.

Fans want to see consistent wins, and so far they have been disappointed with a series of oh-so-nearly-there performances by Garbiñe. Fans are starting to pay attention, but Garbiñe will have to prove consistency on the courts before her fan base will compete with those of Serena Williams, Sharapova and even Venus Williams, recently ranked at number 11.

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