WTA Finals: Garbine Muguruza in the final after the defeat of Paula Badosa | Tennis News
Muguruza, double Grand Slam champion, qualified for a confrontation against Anett Kontaveit or Maria Sakkari with a 6-3, 6-3 victory in 1h25.
The 28-year-old sixth seed completed the first set in just 35 minutes to take the lead, but had to work harder in the second.
First in the #AKRONWTAFinals 😤🇪🇸 @GarbiMuguruza secures the straight-set victory over fellow Spanish Badosa. https://t.co/1w2bURNDQO
– wta (@WTA) 1637098835000
Badosa paid the price for losing her temper at crucial moments, especially in the third game of the second set where she squandered three break points.
Instead, Muguruza held a 3-0 lead and with Badosa looking increasingly bored with his performance, the result was never in doubt.
Badosa, who had qualified for the semi-finals after dominating the group stage, retained his serve in Game 4 to bring the score to 3-1.
Muguruza + Mexico = a perfect match 💛 @ GarbiMuguruza | #AKRONWTAFinals https://t.co/vMmevLnmuB
– wta (@WTA) 1637098980000
But a savage Badosa comeback kept Muguruza in a 4-1 lead, and Badosa quickly struggled in the next game, losing 0-40 after two savage returns and a double fault.
She rallied superbly to keep the serve, saving four breaking points, but the reprieve was only temporary.
The next two games were served with service to let Muguruza serve for the 5-3 game.
Although Badosa took a 0-30 lead, Muguruza regrouped and took the win when Badosa sent a comeback on match point.
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