No. 2 seed Garbine Muguruza insisted she was ready for a tough battle against Ons Jabeur after winning the Chicago title.
Muguruza recovered from a set down to beat sixth-seeded Jabeur 3-6 6-3 6-0 and win her second title of the season.
“That was a battle especially those first sets,” Muguruza said after the final, per Tennis Now. “We’ve played recently this year, in Wimbledon, and it was a very tough match, I knew that she’s having one of the best seasons that a player can have and I just was prepared.
“I went out there with all the fighting spirit in the pocket and she was playing amazing in the first set. My level was not what it should be to play against her and I slowly found a space in the second set to be able to break and to get that one and force a decider, and that gave me the extra confidence I needed and also just the energy, the energy to go and get the trophy.”
A great week for Muguruza
Muguruza was eighth on the Race to the WTA Finals and after winning Chicago, her chances of making the season-ending event improved.
“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,” Venezuala-born Muguruza said. “I’m all in for it. I hope that develops more interest in tennis over there.”
Muguruza isn’t disappointed over not having the Asian swing this year.
“It definitely changes the mindset because I was very used to having the Asian swing. It’s classic,” Muguruza said. “Personally, I love this change. I stayed in the US and I was just practicing. It was a continuation. Excited to be here in Chicago. Then we have one of our favorite tournaments, I feel like so many players love Indian Wells. It’s a great tournament to have at the end of the season and we all feel like we all want to go to the beach a little bit.”