WTA Finals 2021, Guadalajara, Mexico: In the second matchup between Garbine Muguruza and Anett Kontaveit, the Spaniard came out victorious 6-3, 7-5 to lift the WTA Finals 2021 trophy.
She became the first Spaniard to win the WTA Finals singles title. For a fact, she is the only player to defeat the Estonian in the last month not once but twice.
The battle lasted an hour and 38 minutes. In the head-to-head department, Muguruza now leads 4-2 over Kontaveit. Mexico seems to be Garbine’s favorite with a 14-2 win-loss record.
In the opening set, breaks were exchanged early but Muguruza got the big break she needed from a loose backhand by her opponent to take a 4-3 lead. The Estonian was not able to make a comeback as Muguruza held herself winning the last four games of the set to seal it.
Kontaveit would not be the one to back out, going up early in the second set. The Spaniard looked sluggish especially with her forehand to consolidate 5-3 lead to Kontaveit. It definitely looked like the game will go to the decider.
However, the Spaniard broke Kontaveit, who was serving for the set and held her service game to get level at 5-all. Garbine Muguruza was all in from there to bundle out herself a win and take the year-end crown home. Her third title of the season.
The stats of scored winners were even however, Kontaveit had 14 more unforced errors than Muguruza. The Estonian was unable to take advantage of Muguruza’s second serve with only 38% points. while the Spaniard won 60% of her opponent’s second serve points.
“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,” Muguruza said, in her post-match press conference. “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.
“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 nowhere, 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.'”