Garbine Muguruza defeated Anett Kontaveit to clinch the WTA Finals in Guadalajara on Wednesday evening. This was the second time in the year-ending tournament that the Spaniard had beaten the Estonian. Earlier, Muguruza’s advancing to the semi-finals from the Teotihuacán Group had come after her victory over Kontaveit in their round-robin match.
Muguruza won 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 38 minutes to bid adieu to the 2021 season with her third title of the year. Overall, Guadalajara marked the 10th title of the 28-year-old’s career. In winning the title in Mexico, the former world no. 1 became the first player from her country to win the WTA Finals trophy, bettering Arantxa Sanchez Vicario’s result of having reached the final of the tournament in 1993.
WTA Finals: Garbine Muguruza strikes a triumphant note
A happy Muguruza shared in her post-match presser, “Right now I feel extremely happy and relieved because it’s a tournament that I’ve struggled at the beginning, then I managed to play well. I think I’m staying composed a little bit now because it means really a lot to me to win such a big, big, big tournament, the (WTA Finals] in Latin America, here in Mexico. I think it’s just perfect.”
She also added, “I’m just very happy I proved to myself once again I can be the best, I can be the Maestra, like how we say in Spanish. That puts me in a very good position for next year, a good ranking… It’s just the payoff for such a long year. My team and I worked hard. It pays off. Just shows us that we’re doing the right way. This trophy, like right now here, these are the best feelings. Not even the ranking. Just to actually touch this and I take it home, it’s in the story, it’s in my curriculum. It’s the way of, like, ‘I did it.’”
After her win at the WTA Finals, Garbine Muguruza will end the 2021 season ranked third in the WTA rankings. Anett Kontaveit, whose last 34 matches saw her lose only five times – including both her defeats against Muguruza in Guadalajara – will attain a new career-high of no. 7 in the world to wrap up her 2021 calendar.