Garbiñe Muguruza, 26, became the first Spanish woman to win the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Muguruza pulled out to late to prepare for a title defense with a lower back injury. She then sat out of this year’s Australian Open with the same issue but managed to get through with a 2-2 record heading into Singapore, which is hosting the 2017 WTA Finals for the first time.
After winning a first-set tiebreaker against Elina Svitolina, Muguruza found herself trailing 3-0 in the second set. But she rallied to win, and has been dominating the season since a disappointing loss at the French Open to Venus Williams.
Svitolina spoke to TheWrap after the match and said that Muguruza did not look comfortable coming off the injury.
“She was down in the second set. I think she didn’t feel like she was quite 100 percent fit. But I think that she’s still a top-10 player. She’s very solid, makes shots, is quick, has a good serve. She’s a tough competitor.”
This is Muguruza’s second career title, and the first since 2015 in Stuttgart. She’s now up to No. 6 in the WTA rankings.
This is the second WTA Finals title for Svitolina, who earlier in the week lost to Simona Halep in a final that saw the two best players of the season fight it out down the stretch.
This was the first time the WTA Finals were held outside of North America since 2009 in Bangkok.