Garbine Muguruza Fights Back Against Ons Jabeur to Claim Her 10th Career Title at WTA Chicago 2021

Published 10/03/2021, 3:53 PM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Garbi–e Muguruza of Spain reacts after defeating Donna Vekic of Croatia (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


In the blockbuster final of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic 2021, World No.9 Garbine Muguruza was up against Ons Jabeur. Intriguingly, it was the Spaniard who played some fantastic tennis, made an incredible comeback, and emerged as the winner of the tournament. The final scoreline of the match was 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.

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Set-1: Ons Jabeur Stuns Garbine Muguruza

Serving first, Jabeur began the first set on a high note as she won the first game quite comfortably. However, Muguruza played some really attacking tennis and equalized the scoreline at 1-1 in the very next game.

Continuing her lethal attack, Jabeur broke in the fourth game and then won the following service game to take her lead to 4-1. It was here when the momentum really shifted towards the Tunisian player.

The one who served continued to win the remaining games and as a result, Jabeur sealed the set 6-3 in just 33 minutes.

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Set-2: Garbine Muguruza makes a phenomenal comeback

Starting the second set with similar dominance, Jabeur broke in the very first game and established a 1-0 lead over Muguruza. However, the World No.9 player fought back and leveled the scoreline at 1-1 at the end of the second game.

After the scoreline reached 2-2, it was Jabeur who broke again but was broken back in return. Therefore, the scoreline reached 3-3. However, what happened after this stunned everyone, including Jabeur.

The Spaniard won the next game, broke for the third consecutive time, and took her lead to 5-3. Serving for the set, Muguruza won the set 6-3 on her fifth set-point.

Set-3: The decider

Muguruza started from where she left and broke in the very first game. She won her following service game and then broke yet again to extend her lead to 3-0. Muguruza was looking really dominant, while Jabeur was fighting for survival in the match.

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The Spaniard won the fourth game as well and was now really close to a bagel in the final set. Interestingly, she broke Jabeur once again, who was completely looking helpless by then. Serving for the set, she didn’t take long, conquered the set 6-0, and thus, won the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic 2021 title.

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