Wednesday 12/8/21
TENNIS

Muguruza makes history after conquering Kontaveit in WTA Finals

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was the only other player from Spain to reach the WTA Finals decider, finishing runner-up to Stefanie Graf in 1993
FILED - Spanish tennis player Garbine Muguruza in action against German Andrea Petkovic during their women's singles second round tennis match of the US Open tennis championships, at Billy Jean King Ntional Tennis Center. Photo: Leslie Billman/CSM via ZUMA Wire/dpa.
Spanish tennis player Garbine Muguruza in action. Photo: Leslie Billman/dpa/File photo.

Garbine Muguruza became the first Spaniard to win the WTA Finals after defeating Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 in a history-making victory.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was the only other player from Spain to reach the WTA Finals decider, finishing runner-up to Stefanie Graf in 1993.

But Muguruza exceeded that result as the former world number one proved too strong for Kontaveit at the prestigious year-ending championship on Wednesday.

Muguruza – a two-time grand slam champion – also celebrated her 10th WTA Tour title, having been the only player to beat Kontaveit within the last month following her group-stage success in Guadalajara.

After exchanging breaks in the opening set, Muguruza struck for a 4-3 lead, winning the last four games to seize control midweek.

Errors

Kontaveit claimed the early break in the second set as errors started to mount for Muguruza, who eventually found herself 5-3 adrift.

But as Kontaveit served for the set, Muguruza rallied in a dominant display, reeling off four consecutive games like she did in the opener to take home the WTA crown.

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