Garbine Muguruza battles past Babos to win in Monterrey

Published by Matt Trollope

Garbine Muguruza; Getty Images
Garbine Muguruza is pushed all the way by Timea Babos but does enough to win the final of the WTA tournament in Monterrey.

Garbine Muguruza won her first title of 2018 with a hard-fought victory in the Monterrey final over Timea Babos.

Muguruza, the top seed, held off the Hungarian 3-6 6-4 6-3 in a match spanning two hours and 20 minutes.

The Spaniard, a two-time major champion, was by far the most credentialled player in the field, which contained just four players ranked inside the top 50.

She powered through to the final without dropping a set all week, yet encountered huge resistance when she lined up against Babos.

“(It was) such a good match. We’re going to meet next week probably, next tournament, so cheer up,” Muguruza said to Babos during the trophy presentation, before addressing coach Sam Sumyk and the rest of her entourage: “To my team, we fought hard, but we deserve the trophy too, so thank you for supporting me here.”

Muguruza improved her win-loss record in 2018 to 13-6 and her record in finals to 6-4 thanks to the victory, during which her solid serving and superior returning proved the decisive factor.

> REPORT: Bertens wins twice in a day to take Charleston title

In a final pitting two powerful, aggressive players against one another, it was the No.4 seed Babos who finished with more winners (30 to 22) and aces (9 to 3).

But in a tight third set, Muguruza powered a crosscourt backhand passing shot winner to break for a 4-2 lead, and held firm on serve for the rest of the match to maintain her advantage.

She finished the match having won 100 points to Babos’ 98.

Share this: 
  • Most popular articles

24 November 2016

GIG: Djokovic the fastest tennis player in the world

Novak Djokovic is the fastest tennis player on the planet, according to new data from Tenn... More

16 February 2017

Men’s and women’s tennis: as different as believ...

In the first part of our series analysing the similarities and differences between men's ... More

12 January 2019

Nadal: Murray will benefit from retirement

Rafael Nadal believes Andy Murray's looming retirement is the correct move for his mental ... More

12 September 2018

Life on tour with Ash Barty’s coach Craig Tyzzer

When Ash Barty speaks about her career, she uses collective terms such as “we” and “... More