On Sunday, Garbine Muguruza won the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic. In an hour and 37 minutes, the Spaniard came back from a set down to upset Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. The Tunisian took control of the match’s momentum in the first set.
She played near-flawless tennis throughout the set, and her one break of serve at the start was enough to drive her beyond the finish line and into the lead in the match. Jabeur led by a break twice in the second set’s first six games, only to be beaten back by Muguruza.
Despite having to serve out the second set in the ninth game, the Spaniard never looked back after that and went on to win 10 straight games, including the third set bagel, to clinch the title.
Garbine Muguruza claims Chicago Fall Classic title
“That was a battle, especially those first sets,” Muguruza said.
“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.
“She (Jabeur) was playing amazing in the first set, and my level was not at what it should be to play against her. 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,” she further added, according to reports on WTA Tour.
Muguruza and Jabeur were meeting for the third time, with each of them having won one match.
Both players were vying for their second championship of the season. Prior to Wimbledon, Jabeur had won her first WTA title in Birmingham.
Meanwhile, Muguruza claimed the title in Dubai at the opening of the season.
Jabeur and Muguruza’s chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals were also on the line in the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic final.
Jabeur is currently in ninth place in the race to Guadalajara. Muguruza has moved up two places to sixth place from eighth.