Chicago Fall Tennis Classic: Garbine Muguruza claims title; WTA Finals’ spot in sight

Garbine Muguruza won the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic title on Sunday. The Spaniard came from a set down to defeat Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and 37 minutes.

In the opening set, the Tunisian controlled the momentum of the match. She played near flawlessly across the set and the one break of serve she secured at its start was enough to propel her past the finish line in it and take a lead in the match.

The opening six games of the second set saw Jabeur go up by a break twice only to be pegged back by Muguruza. The Spaniard, despite struggling to serve out the second set in the ninth game, didn’t look back after that point and won 10 consecutive games that included the third set bagel to claim the title.

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In her post-match press conference, Muguruza said, “That was a battle, especially those first sets. We’ve played recently, this year at Wimbledon, and it was a very tough match, and I knew that she’s having one of the best seasons that a player can have. I was prepared, I went out there with all the fighting spirit in the pocket. She (Jabeur) was playing amazing in the first set, and my level was not at what it should be to play against her. I slowly found a space in the second set to break and to get that one, and force a decider. That gave me the extra confidence I needed, and also the energy to go and get the trophy.”

This was the third time Muguruza and Jabeur were playing each other, with each having won one match each. Both players were also attempting to win their second title this season. Jabeur had won her maiden WTA career title in Birmingham, heading into Wimbledon. Muguruza, meanwhile, won the title in Dubai at the start of the season.

The Chicago Fall Tennis Classic final was also significant for Ons Jabeur and Garbine Muguruza on account of their chances to qualify for the WTA Finals. While Jabeur’s still ninth in the race to Guadalajara, this win’s helped Muguruza climb up two spots to the sixth position from the eighth place.