On Sunday, Ons Jabeur and Garbine Muguruza will play in the final of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic. After her opponent, fifth seed Elena Rybakina, was forced to retire mid-match due to gastroenteritis, the sixth-seeded Jabeur proceeded to the final.
At the moment of the Kazakh’s decision to end the match, Jabeur was leading 6-4, 3-2. Marketa Vondrousova, Muguruza’s semi-final opponent, withdrew before their match due to the same sickness as Rybakina.
“Unfortunately, I have to pull out of my match today but am happy with the tennis I’ve produced here in Chicago. Thank you to the tournament staff here for hosting us and the fans for all your support,” the Czech said, as per reports on Tennis Threads.
Garbine Muguruza and Ons Jabeur rekindle their rivalry
If Jabeur and Muguruza win the title in the windy city, they will have a lot to gain. Both players are now in ninth and eighth place in the WTA Finals, which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“The main goal is to qualify for Guadalajara. It’s a dream coming true. It’s something big. Knowing that I can be the first Arab to qualify, it’s unbelievable. It’s more stress on me but I really made my peace with it. I’m going to do my best. If I qualify, great,” Jabeur said, about playing in the WTA Finals.
“If I don’t, maybe it’s a great message for me to rest my body and be ready for the next season.
“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.
“I’m all in for it. I hope that develops more interest in tennis over there,” the Spaniard added.
If Muguruza qualifies for the WTA Finals, it will be the first time she has competed in the year-end event since 2017. Meanwhile, this will be the third time that Ons Jabeur and Garbine Muguruza will play against each other.
Both players have won one match, with the Tunisian triumphing in their most recent meeting at Wimbledon in 2021.