Muguruza boosts WTA Finals probabilities with Chicago title

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – Two-time main winner Garbine Muguruza has bolstered her possibilities of qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals subsequent month with a comeback victory over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia to assert the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic title.

The Spaniard, a former world primary, was down a set and a break however fought again strongly to beat Jabeur 3-6 6-3 6-0 to assert her second title of the yr and ninth general.

The victory helped Muguruza climb two spots to quantity six on the Race to the WTA Finals leaderboard and three locations on the ladies’s rankings.

“Making finals is so hard,” the 27-year-old informed the WTA. “I’ve been around for quite some time now and I know that winning titles is something very difficult.

“To have the chance to win 4 and I gained two, is already an ideal signal as a result of that is one thing that you could contact. You can show hey, we’re doing an ideal job. Here’s a trophy, we’re doing good.”

Muguruza is aiming to qualify for her first WTA Finals since 2017, having played the event three times from 2015 when it was held in Singapore.

Defending champion and top-ranked Ash Barty, world number two Aryna Sabalenka and French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova have all qualified for next month’s tournament.

The Finals, contested by the world’s top eight singles players and eight doubles teams, was moved out of China’s Shenzhen after last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“I do know it should be very good over there as a result of Latin individuals are fireplace,” the Venezuelan-born said. “I feel the women are going to get pleasure from it.”

Jabeur, who is looking to become the first Arab woman to qualify for the WTA Finals, was ninth on the leaderboard.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; enhancing by Simon Cameron-Moore

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Women's Singles - Quarterfinal - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 28, 2021. Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action during her quarterfinal match against Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan REUTERS/Edgar Su