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Garbiñe Muguruza rallies to beat Ons Jabeur in Chicago final

2021 US Open - Day 7

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Garbine Muguruza of Spain reacts as she plays against Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic during their Women’s Singles fourth round match on Day Seven at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO -- Garbine Muguruza rallied to beat Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic for her second WTA Tour victory of the season and ninth overall.

“I had to be very strong mentally,” Muguruza said. “I suffered that first set, that it didn’t go my way. I just said, `OK, this is tennis. I’ve got another set and if I win it, I have another opportunity.’ I definitely gave it all.”

The ninth-ranked Muguruza, from Spain, also won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in March.

Jabeur, ranked 16th, broke Muguruza’s serve in the fourth game of the opening set, and took the set on a sliced backhand winner from behind the baseline.

After Jabeur broke Mugurzua’s serve again early in the second set to go up 3-2, Muguruza broke back to level it up, then won the next three games to win the set.

In the third set, Muguruza won the first 10 points and broke Jabeur’s serve three times.

“It was the final, the moment you have to give everything in the tank,” Muguruza said. “Forcing that decider set gave me all the energy to kind of jump in the score and dominate that third set.”

Muguruza boosted her chances to qualify for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico in November. After entering the weekend ranked No. 9 in the world, the Spaniard will rise to No. 6 in the new WTA Rankings. The top eight players on the tour qualify.

From Tunisia, Jabeur became the first Arab tournament winner in WTA history in June at Birmingham, England. She has a WTA Tour-high 44 match victories this season.