Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Muguruza retains Monterrey title as injured Azarenka retires

Muguruza retains Monterrey title as injured Azarenka retires

The victory handed Muguruza her maiden trophy of the season and seventh of her career, while it marked the first time she has defended a title. "It was an important match to see how I could do under pressure against a top player", Azarenka said.

Muguruza won the opening set and was in control of the second before former world number one Azarenka retired due to a leg injury, the score 6-1 3-1 at the time. There was more drama in store as the second set had a complete turn-around with Kerber coming up with the off-beat winning shots and traditional down-the-lines.

That was most evident late in the first set and the tiebreak.

Victoria Azarenka suffered a disappointing end to her quest to win her first singles title in over three years in Monterrey.

Earlier, defending champion Garbine Muguruza reached the final with a 6-2 6-3 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

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Wozniacki, world No. 13, grabbed a 4-2 lead in the second set but the 16th-seeded Martic bounced back to level at 4-4 before the Dane broke back and closed out the match.

"It's an awesome feeling to win in Monterrey". Azarenka could fell the energy build and meant to do the best she could to take the first set as she did with all of her Monterrey opponents. "I felt like I couldn't keep up with her physically".

The Slovakian kept a first-service win rate of 79%, winning all 10 of her service games.

This gave the leg support but hampered Azarenka's range of movement in serving and running.

"I want to say thank you to my son Leo, who is not with me here". She'd make her 7th career title and as for Azarenka she was a finalist again, after a three-year drought and could only be glad to have gone deep into the tournament.

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