Garbine Muguruza wins Chicago Fall Tennis Classic title

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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza clinched her second title of the season with a 3-6 6-3 6-0 victory over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the final of the inaugural Chicago Fall Tennis Classic.

After dropping the first set, the second-seeded Muguruza lost her serve twice early in the second set before regrouping and winning the last ten games against the sixth-seeded Jabeur to triumph at the WTA 500 tournament in the United States.

Jabeur came from a set down to triumph when they met at Wimbledon this summer, while Muguruza saved one match point to beat her in their only other meeting at 2020 Hobart.

Having beaten the world No.16 Jabeur, Muguruza now owns seven victories in encounters with Top 20 opposition this season, although she entered the Chicago final with a 1-5 record in such matches since Dubai title run in March.

After first-round bye, Muguruza broke early in both sets to edge out American Ann Li in the second round. The Spaniard advanced to her sixth quarterfinal of the season when Victoria Azarenka withdrew and then broke serve seven times to end the run of qualifier Mai Hontama in the quarterfinals. Her semifinal opponent Marketa Vondrousova withdrew with illness.

The Chicago title will lift Muguruza three spots in the WTA rankings, from No.9 to No.6. Jabeur will go from No.16 to No.14.

At the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, Muguruza was wearing the Adidas Women’s NY Print Dress.


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