22-year-old Spanish sensation Garbine Muguruza, who rose to World No. 3 position on Monday, attacked with aggression from the net and dictated the play for most of her match against Angelique Kerber, her more experienced opponent.
Muguruza started the contest full of positive intent. She immediately found the corners and stroked the paint with her powerful ground strokes, taking control of the game from the beginning before Kerber had got a chance to settle in.
Kerber hung on hard to save three break points in her opening game which contained some spectacular net exchanges. Her performance demonstrated how she matched Serena Williams’s record of 53 Tour victories this year as she fought back to tie things at 2-2, but Muguruza stayed calm and took that setback in stride. And it was not to be for Kerber as the dominant Muguruza showed her class throughout.
Kerber knew that a victory would have seen her progress to the semi-finals. However, at the end of the match she had failed to get the job done and she slumped to a fourth successive defeat.
“It’s an example of something that can happen, obviously,” Muguruza said. “I think it’s hard to manage a lot of things. I saw an example in [Bouchard]. It’s not a good example. But, hopefully, I can manage better these kind of situations, [and try not to let it happen to me.]”
At the beginning of the week in her first singles match at the WTA season finale, Murguruza had beaten Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-6.