Muguruza beat Kontaveit in two sets to win the WTA Finals title

Muguruza beat Kontaveit in two sets to win the WTA Finals title

Guadalajara – Garbiñe Muguruza said earlier in the week that playing in Mexico was like playing at home. After winning the WTA Finals title on Wednesday, it definitely looked that way.

The 28-year-old Spaniard defeated Anett Kontaveit 6-3 7-5 to win the WTA Finals 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 Spanish player to win the women’s season-ending championship.

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario has been a runner-up twice, the last time in 1993.

Former number 1 Muguruza, who was a semi-finalist of the 2015 WTA Finals, also became the biggest champion since Serena Williams won her in 2014 and will finish the season third in the rankings, her best performance since 2017. .

Muguruza was supported all week by a boisterous crowd that gathered at Estadio Akron to cheer and applaud her as if she was one of them.

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Despite the loss, Kontaveit, who climbed from 30th place in the standings to the top 10 in the past few months, is expected to take seventh place in the standings.

The 25-year-old Estonian has finished the season with a record 29-4 in her last 33 matches, including her title in Ostrava. Prior to this stretch she had a 19-13 record of the year.

Muguruza took control early in the game with three breaks against the irregular Kontaveit, who played better in the second and got a break in the ninth, but the Spaniard broke the following Estonians to win it.

Earlier, Barbora Krejsikova, Katerina Siniakova defeated Hsi Su Wei and Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA doubles title unbeaten.

Krijsikova and Sinyakova won titles at Roland Garros and Madrid, and gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I think we need to stay aggressive, and we did,” said Sinyakova, who finished No. 1 in the doubles rankings. “I’m really happy we got the trophy.”

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The WTA Finals were only held in Guadalajara this year, and the event is scheduled to return in 2022 to Shenzhen, China.

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