Garbine Muguruza Wins First WTA Finals Title With Straight Set Win Over Anett Kontaveit

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Garbine Muguruza started his trip to Mexico last week by drinking tequila. After winning the WTA Finals on Wednesday, she will end it the same way.

The 28-year-old Spaniard beat Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to win the WTA Finals for the first time in his career and take his Mexican tally to 14 wins and two losses.

Before the tournament began, Muguruza drove 37 miles to Tequila, a small town outside of Guadalajara, the birthplace of the popular spirit.

“I’ve been to town, tasting. I know, I know. I need to do this first because when I win… we’re (now) going to have some tequila, fun, stress relief. “I think the whole team deserves it,” said Muguruza.

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

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario has twice finished second, most recently in 1993.

Muguruza’s past successes in Mexico prompted her to play in the WTA Finals. During the ceremony after winning the title, she recalled telling WTA CEO Steve Simon at the US Open that she wanted to play south of the Rio Grande again.

“To qualify, all year with my team, I said to them, ‘It’s in Mexico, we have to get through it, come on.’ That’s my biggest motivator,” Muguruza said.

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

Muguruza has been supported all week by a passionate crowd that gathered at the Estadio Akron to cheer and applaud her as if she were one of them.

“It’s funny, I was talking to my manager the other day. … He said, ‘You know, for the first time, Garbine, you’re really using the crowd, really. getting that energy and using it, said Muguruza, who entered the Estadio Akron with the Mexico shirt for the last two games.

“I think the big lesson for me is that I should get my energy from the environment. I’m very supportive in Mexico. I don’t know if it’s everywhere, but I used it this week for sure. “

Despite the loss, Kontaveit, who has moved from 30th place in the rankings to the top 10 in the past few months, is predicted to finish in 7th place in the rankings.

The 25-year-old Estonian finished the season with a 29-4 record in his last 33 matches, including the championship at Ostrava. Before that time period, she had a record 19-13 for the year.

Muguruza took control early in the game with three breaks to an erratic Kontaveit, better in the second and breaking in the ninth, but the Spaniard broke through his next two serves. Estonians to win.

Earlier, Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated Su-Wei Hsieh and Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals mixed doubles title.

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

“It’s been really great. This week has been really good for us. I think we need to be aggressive and we did it,” said Siniakova, who finished the season in No. double charts, said. “I’m really happy we got the trophy.”

The WTA Finals only took place in Guadalajara this year, with the event scheduled to return in 2022 in Shenzhen, China. Garbine Muguruza Wins First WTA Finals Title With Straight Set Win Over Anett Kontaveit

Charles Jones

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