Garbine Muguruza successfully defended her Monterrey title Sunday in Mexico when her opponent, Victoria Azarenka, retired down 6-3, 3-1 with a right calf injury.
It’s a great feeling to come back and defend a title,” Muguruza said. “It’s never easy.”
In this battle of multi-Slam winners and former No. 1s, Muguruza pounced early on the Belarussian.
Azarenka, who was playing in her first singles final as a mom, needed treatment on her leg between sets, then called it a day after the fourth game and 66 minutes of play.
A day earlier, Azarenka turned away top seed Angelique Kerber in three sets for one of her biggest recent wins. But in the first set it was clear she was hobbled.
“It’s unfortunate I couldn’t give my best today, but I tried my hardest,” Azarenka told the crowd.
Muguruza collects her first title since winning Monterrey a year ago, and the seventh of her career. She’s also now won six of her last seven tournament finals.
Monterrey is the final hard court event on the WTA calendar until July.
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