Jabeur, Muguruza meet in Chicago final, with WTA Finals on their minds
The Tunisian stands on the verge of making yet more history for her country, while a place at the season-ending WTA finals is also within both players’ grasp
Victory for the 27-year-old would give her a second title, having won her first in Birmingham in June, and would push her even closer to a spot in the season-ending WTA Finals, which this year will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Jabeur reached the final when fifth seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan retired with gastro-intestinal trouble, trailing 6-4, 3-1, enough to give the Tunisian a WTA-leading 44th win of the year, yet another trail-blazing mark. Should she win the title, Jabeur will be ranked No 12, which would make her the highest-ranked Arab player in tennis history and at No 9 in the WTA Race, to Muguruza’s No 7, everything is to play for.
Muguruza gets walkover as Vondrousova withdraws
Second seed Garbine Muguruza enjoyed a comfortable passage through to the final when Marketa Vonrdousova withdrew, also with a gastrointestinal issue. “Unfortunately I have to pull out of my match today but I am happy with the tennis I’ve produced in Chicago,” the Czech said.”
Muguruza, who stands at No 7 in the WTA Race to Guadalajara, is chasing her second title of the year, having won in Dubai earlier this year. The pair are tied at 1-1 in their previous battles but Jabeur won the most recent one, at Wimbledon earlier this summer.