Muguruza overpowers Kontaveit to claim WTA Finals title

Garbine Muguruza emerged as the last woman standing at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, defeating a red-hot Anett Kontaveit to claim her first title at the elite year-ending event.

The Spaniard prevailed in a 6-3 7-5 victory over the in-form Estonian, securing her 10th career WTA title after an hour and 38 minutes. Having lost to Kontaveit in the quarterfinals at the Kremlin Cup last month, the World No.5 exacted her revenge on a grander stage.

The first set saw Muguruza exhibit the aggressive baseline play for which she is renown, maneuvering her opponent around the court. Despite her attempts to keep up with the former World No.1, Kontaveit was unable to develop a rhythm, hitting 22 unforced errors in the first set alone. After an early exchange of breaks, it was Muguruza who remained steady as she obtained another pair of breaks to escape with the first set.

Kontaveit appeared more consistent in the second set, finally securing a break to serve for the set at 5-4. However, her Spanish opponent fought back, gaining momentum to break back and level the score. After holding serve, it was Kontaveit who faltered when serving to extend the match to a tiebreak, sending a backhand into the net as Muguruza fell to the ground in joy and disbelief.

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