The goal of all tennis players when a year begins is to close it in the best way, that includes playing the WTA Finals, a contest faced by the eight best players of the season and that this year will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the month of November. Because, The Chicago WTA final between Garbiñe Muguruza and Ons Jabeur has an extra spice: both are looking for their classification.
With three seats secured, Ashleigh Barty (1st), Aryna Sabalenka (2nd) and Barbora Krejcikova (5th), the prestigious tournament that will take place in Latin America for the first time is slowly beginning to define its participants. In this framework, the final that the Spanish against the Tunisian will play at the WTA in Chicago takes on a special character. They are both in a good year and achieving the title would bring them closer to that great goal.
Muguruza She has experience in the end-of-year Finals, but has not qualified since 2017 (she was eliminated in the group). On the run to Guadalajara, displaced Japan’s Naomi Osaka from seventh position and of winning the trophy, your chances of returning to the season-ending event are greatly increased.
For its part, Jabeur She is facing a historic opportunity: in a consecrating year, which saw her champion in the Birmingham WTA, reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals and enter the Top 20 of the world rankings, the 27-year-old tennis player is looking for the finishing touch. Currently is in ninth place, behind Osaka, whom he seeks to leave on the road.
“It is something great, knowing that I can be the first Arab to qualify. It would be incredible,” said the Tunisian. In Chicago, both she and Muguruza did their homework well and made it to the final. Whoever gets the title will have taken one more step in their goal to Guadalajara.
This is the race to the WTA Finals
1- Ashleigh Barty (6,411 points)
2- Aryna Sabalenka (4,669)
3- Barbora Krejcikova (4,398)
4- Karolina Pliskova (3,972)
5- Maria Sakkari (3,147)
6- Iga Swiatek (3,106)
7- Garbiñe Muguruza (2,856)
8- Naomi Osaka (2,771)
9- Ons Jabeur (2.480)
10- Elise Mertens (2.438)
11- Anastasia Pavlyunchekova (2,385)
12- Elina Svitolina (2.382)
13- Cori Gauff (2.325)
14- Jessica Pegula (.286)
15- Emma Raducanu (2,282)