With so much at stake in this final: a title, a place in Singapore for Muguruza, Venus would go 9th you’d expect some nerves from both players early on in the match.
Venus began the final but it was Garbine Muguruza who got on the scoreboard first and something that was evident early on in the match was the defensive forehand cross court from this year’s Wimbledon finalist.
The forehand cross court took Venus out of the rally on three occasions in the first game with Muguruza forcing an error from her opponent and producing two winners off it to get the early break. Minutes later Venus broke back for 1-1 and the first hold of serve in the match went to the 7 time Grand Slam champion with pressure on the Wimbledon finalist Muguruza to hold serve for the first time in the match! Garbine levelled up for 2-2 but who would get the next breakthrough in this one?
Despite some pressure Venus who was struggling to move in the early stages held serve to take a 3-2 lead after a couple of poor volleys at the net from Muguruza. Venus saw a break point on her serve but couldn’t find a way through after a forehand long from the former world number one however she went on and converted her second break point to go 4-2 up winning four of the last five games in the set. Just as the set looked like it could be over the Spaniard found some of that intensity which has made her unbeatable this week and broke back to love!
After that break of serve to love Muguruza looked like she found her feet again in this final after a good start but she double faulted on break point to give Venus a 5-3 lead. The American may have been broken to love 5 minutes or so ago but this time she held serve to love to take the set 6-3. Can Muguruza fight back?
A good start for Muguruza was vital after such a flat set from the Spaniard despite that really good start in the first game where Venus looked to be struggling.
Four unforced errors off the forehand is not the way to start the set but Muguruza did and was broken by Venus with Nigel Sears commentating on BT Sport summing it up perfectly saying her ball striking looked desperate whereas all week she’s been composed. An ace sealed the game for Williams who won her fourth game in a row with a big hold of serve needed from Muguruza now.
A double fault put Muguruza 0-30 down on serve and a forehand into the net set up three break points for Venus and if things couldn’t get worse for Muguruza they sure did as Venus broke with a net cord winner to go up a double break in the second set.
At this point the match was over as Muguruza called out the trainer and subsequently retired from the match with her hopes of qualifying for Singapore put on hold and will hopefully be able to recover for Beijing next week.
For Venus its title number 47 and Singapore is a possibility for the former Grand Slam champion and hopefully she recovers in time for Beijing after struggling with movement herself during the match!