Garbiñe Muguruza he won Chicago WTA 500, his second title of the year after Dubai and the ninth of his career, after defeating Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-3 and 6-0 in 1h: 44. A triumph that is worth gold, translated into 470 points that he adds to his account in the race to get into the WTA Finals to be played in Guadalajara (Mexico), from November 10 to 17. The Spaniard, who started the eighth week on the list (the position that marks the cut), leaves Illinois sixth. In addition, the Tunisian is a direct rival (ninth). Double hit.
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Muguruza, who benefited from the withdrawal of Marketa Vondrusova in the semifinals and Victoria Azarenka in the round of 16, He knew how to overcome a great first set of the Tunisian, who had been his shame at Wimbledon. Jabeur, 27 years old and 16th in the WTA ranking, with a very good hand, seemed to another level at the end of the first heat. In the second, she got to take the lead twice with two breaks, but the Spanish did not give up and ended up coming back. He had a bad time to close (he needed five balls), but he did it.
The stoppage due to the rain before the final set did not disturb Conchita Martínez’s disciple, who fired with powerful shots, always believing in victory until she signed a donut. They already have tickets for the Finals Ashleigh Barty (who may resign), Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova and Karolina Pliskova. Muguruza is closing in after her triumph at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classics.
“At the Tokyo Games I already noticed that my level had risen, and at the US Open, even though I fell in the second round. I have trained a lot to prepare these last tournaments of the year and here I have been able to play my tennis, although it has been a strange week due to dropouts. In the end, I was able to get it out and that gives me great joy ”, Muguruza said at a press conference, with a smile on her face. Next stop, Indian Wells (from day 6). Released.
THIS IS THE RACE TO THE WTA FINALS
|1. Ashleigh Barty (Australia)||6,411 points|
|2. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)||4,669|
|3. Barbora Krejcikova (Czech R.)||4,398|
|4. Karolina Pliskova (Czech R.)||3,972|
|5. Maria Sakkari (Gre)||3,147|
|6. Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)||3,141|
|7. Iga Swiatek (Poland)||3,106|
|8. Naomi Osaka (Japan)||2,771|
|9. Ons Jabeur (Tunisia)||2,685|
|10. Elise Mertens (Belgium)||2,438|