Garbine Muguruza wins her first WTA title of the season, in a heated and hard-fought final against the surprise of the tournament, the Czech world number 63 Barbora Krejcikova. After more than two hours of play, the match ends with the result of 7-6 6-3.
Muguruza wins her first title after two years of abstinence. The first set full of surprises and reversals is the one that sees Muguruza and the Czech surprise Krejcikova, twelfth tennis player in the history of the WTA in Dubai to reach the final as unseeded.
The Czech immediately wins the break in the first game of the first set after a hard-fought game, but the Spanish immediately makes the counterbreak. We arrive at 6-5 for Muguruza and the opponent's serve after another couple of breaks, Garbine has three set points at 0-40, but does not take advantage of them and goes to the tiebreak.
Here she is the Czech who has a chance, first she goes to 5-3 and then she has a set point at 6-5 which she is unable to exploit, however, with Muguruza who cancels her and wins the first set at the tiebreak. Krejcikova goes to the locker room for a timeout and stays in the locker room for over 10 minutes, also annoying her opponent.
It seems almost a mystery with both the line judge and Muguruza impatiently awaiting the return and after 11 minutes the Spaniard returns to the field. The first game of the second set is immediately important with the Czech who has 5 opportunities to go forward but fails to materialize and thanks to a great winner Muguruza conquers the break.
The second game is the longest of the match with the Spanish who cancels three break points, a game that lasts several minutes and thus directs Garbine's victory. In the sixth game the Czech has the chance to equalize the score but the experienced Muguruza closes at the break and in the end in the ninth game it is Muguruza who conquers another break and thus closes the result of 7-6 6-3.
Sara Sorribes Tormo won her first WTA singles final: Spaniard seed no.4 defeated Eugenie Bouchard for 6-2 7-5, to win the Abierto Zapopan title in Guadalajara. She said: "From the first point, from the first game with my serve, I just tried to stay there at the beginning, because she was hitting so strong.
I just tried to hold my serve, to make her think, and I think I made it good. I'm really, really happy with the way I played, and happy to win. I'm proud of everything. I'm proud of the way I managed the emotions; it's not easy to play a first final .
I'm happy with the way I managed to compete here with the altitude and with everything. I'm really happy with my attitude." Bouchard instead played and lost her di lei 6th career title, the first final after the Istanbul Cup 2020 lost against Patricia Maria Tig.