Months ago, the Spaniard had an opportunity to beat the 14th ranked defiant opponent, but it didn’t go well.
She was beaten in three sets by the Tunisian on Wimbledon grass, but this was hardcourts and a story that needed to change.
“I had to be very strong mentally,” she said.
Garbiñe Muguruza beat Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Chicago for her second title of the season and ninth overall.— TENNIS (@Tennis) October 4, 2021
“I had to be very strong mentally,” Muguruza said. “I suffered that first set, that it didn’t go my way. I just said, ‘OK, this is tennis.” https://t.co/jHEHPHqYBG
Jabeur, on the other hand, charged onto the court aiming to increase her lead over the Spaniard and add a second title to her collection.
Ons Jabeur had dominated and outsmarted her opponent in the first set, winning 6-3.
“I suffered that first set, that it didn’t go my way,” she said.
“I just said ‘Ok this is tennis. I’ve got another set…”
Muguruza and Jabeur’s match
Muguruza clung to the hope that she’d received a ‘waking up’ call to level the sets right now. The brash Venezuelan was shaken by Jabeur’s consistency and a 3-2 lead in the second set.
Then Muguruza experienced something that provided much-needed comfort from her and her team’s worries.
She would go on to win the next three games and the set 6-3. All she could think about was being calm and hoping for the best.
The reality was gradually sinking in. She’d made it to four finals over a gruelling season, and a win in the deciding set would brighten her spirits.
“Making finals is so hard. I’ve been around for quite some time now and I know that winning titles is something very difficult.”
It was clear after the second set that the Spaniard had found her stride. The Chicago crowd clapped for her and offered her the emotional support she required.
Despite the chanting supporters waving Tunisian flags, Jabeur’s strategies and play had failed, and Muguruza had won the deciding set 6-0 and the title.
Garbine’s future on the tour seems better, as she started the Chicago event rated ninth and now sits in sixth place with her triumph.
This move-in ranking will enable her to qualify for the WTA Finals. This will be staged in Guadalajara, Mexico next month rather than Asia this year.
Muguruza is hoping for a move like this to provide America with a chance to witness and learn about tennis. Garbine’s morale is really high.
She has won her second trophy of the season. And a chance to compete in the WTA Finals for the first time since 2015.