Ons Jabeur and Garbine Muguruza will face each other in the final of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic on Sunday.
The sixth-seeded Jabeur advanced to the final after her opponent, fifth seed Elena Rybakina was forced to retire mid-match with gastroenteritis. Jabeur was leading 6-4, 3-2 at the time of the Kazakh’s decision to call time on the match.
Earlier, Muguruza’s semi-final opponent, Marketa Vondrousova withdrew ahead of their match with the same illness as Rybakina. While announcing her withdrawal, the Czech said, “Unfortunately I have to pull out of my match today but am happy with the tennis I’ve produced here in Chicago. Thank you to the tournament staff here for hosting us and the fans for all your support.”
Chicago Fall Tennis Classic: Ons Jabeur, Garbine Muguruza reignite rivalry
Both Jabeur and Muguruza have a lot to gain if they were to win the title in the windy city. Both players are in the race to the WTA Finals that´ll be played in Guadalajara, Mexico in the ninth and eighth place respectively.
Speaking about their prospects of playing in the WTA Finals, Jabeur – who would be making the cut into the eight-women season finale for the first time in her career – said, “The main goal is to qualify for Guadalajara. It’s a dream coming true. It’s something big. Knowing that I can be the first Arab to qualify, it’s unbelievable. It’s more stress on me but I really made my peace with it. I’m going to do my best. If I qualify, great. If I don’t, maybe it’s a great message for me to rest my body and be ready for the next season.”
Likewise, the Spaniard added, “I’m very excited that they’re doing the Finals in Mexico and they’re giving an opportunity to Latin America to host such a big event. I’m all in for it. I hope that develops more interest in tennis over there.”
For Muguruza, if she were to qualify for the WTA Finals, it would be her first appearance at the year-end tournament since 2017.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic final will be the third match between Ons Jabeur and Garbine Muguruza. Both players have won one match each, with the Tunisian winning their most recent encounter, at the 2021 Wimbledon.