Muguruza Defends Monterrey Title Over Injured Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka Monterrey 2019

Victoria Azarenka Monterrey 2019

Spain's Garbine Muguruza poses with the trophy after winning the Monterrey Open on Sunday.

Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza claimed back-to-back Monterrey Open titles as Victoria Azarenka succumbed to injury in the final.

"I haven't won many of those in the last couple years so it's good that I'm able to turn it around and pick up my level", Azarenka said.

"I want to say thank you to my son Leo, who is not with me here. The ending was a little unusual, [she] was injured, but it's a special feeling, winning last year and now this year I did have tough opponents, this year's draw was the best and, well, I played my best tennis".

The crowd responded with a chant of "Vika!"

With the win, Muguruza has not only defended a WTA singles title for the first time but also lifted the seventh crown of her career.

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In a match with only three breaks of serve, Keys made the crucial breakthrough in the sixth game of the second set to move 4-2 ahead and seize the advantage.

The end was in sight early in the second set after Azarenka received treatment during a medical timeout - the Belarusian eventually calling time on her title tilt following 66 minutes of play.

A day earlier, Azarenka turned away top seed Angelique Kerber in three sets for one of her biggest recent wins.

A Kerber return goes wid and Azarenka holds up her arms in triumph to win the match and go into the final; her first in three years juggling a hard tour and personal life after the birth of her son Leo.

It marked the fourth title of Keys career and her first since winning at Stanford in 2017.

The eighth seed beat three Grand Slam champions - Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko - en route to victory, as well as reigning Olympic champion Monica Puig.

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