Wimbledon finalist and China Open champion Garbine Muguruza has the talent to reach to be one of the best players in the world, according to seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams.
The 35-year-old Williams faced the Spaniard in the final of the Wuhan Open last month, where the 22-year-old Muguruza retired with an injury.
In her next tournament – last week's China Open in Beijing – Muguruza once again reached the final, where she overpowered Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-4 to win her most prestigious title to date.
"She really has so much talent, she can keep going higher," Williams said ahead this week's Hong Kong Open.
After her disappointing 6-4, 6-4 loss to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, Muguruza teamed up with Frenchman Sam Sumyk on a trial basis, the former trainer of two-time Australian Open champion Viktoria Azarenka.
To date, her performances under the tutelage of Sumyk have been something of a success, with the Spaniard winning ten of her 12 matches on the Asian swing.
"Now everything can be only worse! I'm really happy with how we're working together. We'll sit together after these Asia tournaments and we'll talk about what we're going to do," Muguruza said of her relationship with Sumyk.
"For sure I'm happy the way we're working. I think he's a very professional guy. He knows what it takes to be there. This is very important for me, to have somebody who knows what I have to do and what I don't have to do. Let's see. It's not official, but let's see what happens."
Sunday's victory in the Chinese capital saw Muguruza reach a career-high ranking of fourth in the world, meaning she has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month.
In an attempt to guarantee her fitness for her maiden berth in the Tour finals, Muguruza has withdrawn from this week's Hong Kong Open with a slight ankle injury.