Garbine Muguruza defeated Anett Kontaveit and won the WTA Finals title.© AFP
Garbine Muguruza beat Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday to become the first Spaniard to win the WTA final at the end of the elite season in Guadalajara, Mexico. Muguruza, winner of the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon, crowned a 2021 campaign in which she returned to the highest level after three years outside the top 10 with titles in Dubai and Chicago. Muguruza, a former world number one, is forecast to end the year third in the world. Kontaveit, whose rise in the late season included titles in Moscow and Cluj-Napoca, is expected to reach a career high of seventh in the world.
Muguruza fought her way back after a breakdown in the second set and won the last four games of the game to seal her 10th career title and break Kontaveit in love.
She celebrated her second tournament win against Kontaveit after ending the Estin’s WTA winning streak with 12 games with an indispensable round robin win on Sunday.
It was the seventh time in the history of the WTA Finals that round robin opponents had a rematch in the final.
“I want to congratulate Garbine,” said Kontaveit as she accepted her second place. “You hit me twice this week, that’s just too good.”
It was another standout achievement for Muguruza in Mexico, where she won consecutive titles in Monterrey in 2018 and 2019.
The WTA final has been moved from Shenzhen, China, to Guadalajara due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On the other hand, the ATP final, the men’s season-end tournament, will take place after moving from London to Turin, Italy.
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