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Friday, October 07, 2022

Muguruza beat Kontaveit in 2 sets to win WTA Finals title

GUADLAJARA, Mexico (NWN) — Garbine Muguruza said earlier in the week that playing in Mexico was like playing at home. That’s certainly what it looked like after winning the WTA Finals title on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Spaniard defeated Annette Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to win the WTA Finals title for the first time in her career and improved her record playing in Mexico with 14 wins and two losses.

Muguruza, who won back-to-back titles in Monterrey, northern Mexico, in 2018 and 2019, became the first Spaniard to win a women’s season-ending tournament.

Arantex Sánchez-Vicario was runner-up twice, the last time in 1993.

Former No. 1-ranked Muguruza, who was a WTA Finals semifinalist in 2015, also became the oldest champion since Serena Williams won in 2014 and will finish the season at No. 3 in the rankings, her best performance since 2017. ,

Muguruza was supported throughout the week by a raucous crowd that had gathered at the Estadio Akron to clap and clap for her as if she were one of them.

Despite the loss, Kontaveit, who has risen from No. 30 in the rankings to the top 10 in the past few months, is projected to finish at No. 7 in the rankings.

The 25-year-old Estonian finished the season with a 29-4 record in his last 33 matches, including his title in Ostrava. Prior to that stretch he had a 19-13 record for the year.

Muguruza took control at the start of the match with three breaks against an erratic Kontaveit, who played better in the second and got a break in the ninth, but the Spaniard broke the Estonian’s next two serves to win it.

Earlier, Barbora Krajcicova and Katerina Siniakova defeated Hsie Su-wei and Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-4 to undefeated the WTA Finals doubles title.

Krejcikova and Siniakova won titles at Roland Garros and Madrid and won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“He’s really amazing. This week has been really good for us. I think we needed to stay aggressive, and we did.” “I’m really glad we have the trophy.”

The WTA Finals were only played in Guadalajara for this year, with the event set to return to Shenzhen, China in 2022.

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