Muguruza became the second Spanish in a final of the teacher’s tournament; the previous one was Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in 1993
GUADALAJARA – The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, fifth in the world ranking, beat her compatriot 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday Paula Badosa and qualified for the final of the Akron WTA Finals, in Guadalajara, western Mexico.
Badosa He started on high balls with his serve and took a 1-0 lead, but on his next serve game, Muguruza made a break to mark the fate of the first set in which Garbiñe he won more than 81 percent of his first serve points.
Tense, perhaps because she faced the model player when looking to turn pro, Paula she had difficulty responding to the attacks and although she only made one forced error more than her rival (11-10), she was overcome with another break in the ninth game.
On the break Paula gave signs of despair, slapped himself on the head, and after Garbiñe He came out ahead with the serve, shed tears. With good returns, he extended the service game, but still suffered a break to go down 2-0.
Muguruza saved three break points to escape 3-0 against an opponent who improved her tennis, but collapsed with the result. On the break Badosa she cried again, frustrated because not even with good tennis she managed to get up.
Paula She confirmed the improvement with a good service game that brought her closer to 3-1, although she still couldn’t get close. In the fifth ‘game’, Garbiñe He went on with the service and began to see the other shore.
In the sixth game, Badosa, champion of the Indian Wells tournament, saved four break points, a good emotional blow, from which she could not benefit because Muguruza He left it at zero in the seventh game and reached the ninth with a 5-3 advantage and service for game.
Paula pressed, went ahead 0-30, more Garbiñe he had a good day with his serve and signed his pass to the final.
This Tuesday the Estonian Annet Kontaveit, eighth in the world rankings, will face the Greek María Sakkari, in the other semifinal duel.
The WTA Finals It takes place on a hard court in Guadalajara, western Mexico, at an altitude of 1,566 meters above the sea, which has increased the degree of difficulty for tennis players, with problems controlling the balls, more flying than at sea level.