Garbine Muguruza from Spain has finally clinched her eighth WTA title after defeating Barbora Krejcikova 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.
The Spaniard worked hard towards improving her physical and mental strength. According to her, this victory comes as a perfect capping to all her efforts over the past few months.
“It was very challenging (making consecutive finals in Doha and Dubai), I feel like more than people think, with so many things that happened in this Middle East swing, but we stood strong and very proud of my whole team”, Muguruza said.
“Improving physically helped me to resist round after round and I feel that’s a key of these few matches – to be able to handle them physically and come back the next day and still give a good level.”, she further added.
It didn’t go too easy for the ninth seed Spanish player in the finals. She got a tough fight from her Czech opponent Barbora Krejcikova in the first set. Eventually, after claiming a hard-fought fourth set point, the Spaniard overcame Krejcikova’s challenge.
With this victory, the Spaniard has provided a fitting climax to her strong start to the season.
“It’s a great achievement, I’ve been coming here for many years in a row, and I felt like I was close but not enough,” Muguruza said after claiming the victory.
“Today, finally I got the champion trophy and very happy after losing a few finals in a row to get this one. It paid off this week, the other weeks I was close but today fought harder, I don’t know, but very happy about it.”, she further added
“Consistency is so hard to get and being able to play three finals (this year) is a great sign that we are on the right way”
Muguruza did struggle a bit in the initial phases of the first set. Still, after rallying behind Krejcikova (40-0) in the opening set, she made a dramatic return by breaking her service. She then saved five breaking points before breaking Krejcikova’s service again and claimed the victory.
This stands as Muguruza’s eighth WTA title victory in a three-year-long career.
We must mention here that Muguruza comes as the most consistent player on this tour. Besides reaching the finals in Melbourne and Doha, she gave a tough fight to eventual champion Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open’s fourth round. Well, she could’ve added another feather to her glory cap had she taken one of two match points against Osaka during their fourth-round clash.
On the other side, this came as only the second singles final for Czech player Krejcikova, who grabbed some big recognition as a doubles player earlier. Regardless, she gave Muguruza a run for her money.
Muguruza now has eight WTA titles in her kitty. Besides, this is her first victory since winning the Monterrey Open two years back. With the kind of form and momentum she is carrying, we can certainly expect some more silverware in her kitty in the near future.
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