Ons Jabeur to face Garbine Muguruza in WTA Chicago final | Tennis News
Spain’s second-seeded Muguruza qualified for Sunday’s league game by forfeit when Tokyo’s Olympic runner-up Marketa Vondrousova retired due to injury.
Career-high sixth seed, 16th seed Jabeur beat Kazakhstan fifth seed Elena Rybakina 6-4, 3-2 when 17th seed Rybakina retired.
Muguruza, ninth in the table, chasing his second title of the year, is also aiming for a place in the WTA eight-man final. Muguruza won his eighth career WTA crown in March in Dubai.
Jabeur, who ousted seed Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals, won her only WTA title in June in Birmingham.
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Muguruza and Jabeur have separated in two previous career clashes.
Jabeur beat Muguruza in the third round at Wimbledon earlier this year. Muguruza edged out Jabeur in a third set tie-break last year in Hobart.
Jabeur improved to 2-1 against Rybakina, winning his last previous meeting in March in Dubai.
Rybakina, who was fourth in Tokyo, missed a chance to win his third WTA title after the trophies in Hobart last year and Bucharest in 2019.