Garbine Muguruza came from a set down and then dominated Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory in the Chicago final.
Muguruza incredibly got two walkovers en route to the final from Victoria Azarenka and then in the semifinals yesterday to Marketa Vondrousova who withdrew with a gastro illness.
The two were meeting for a third time having split their first meetings, also in three sets, most recently at Wimbledon.
“That was a battle, especially those first sets,” Muguruza said after. “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.
From 3-all in the second, Muguruza took the last nine games to coast to her ninth career title, second of 2021 after winning Dubai.
“She was playing amazing in the first set, and my level was not at what it should be to play against her,” Muguruza added. “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.”
Jabeur, who upset top seed Elina Svitolina in the quarters, was seeking her second career WTA title after her win in Birmingham in June.
Muguruza also rises to 6th in the WTA Race for Guadalajara next month.
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