Defending champion Muguruza upsets Rybarikova to reach Monterrey Open final

Spanish tennis player Garbine Muguruza in action against Slovak tennis player Magdalena Rybarikova, during a semifinal match at the Monterrey Tennis Open, in Monterrey, Mexico, Apr 6, 2019. EPA-EFE/Miguel Sierra

MONTERREY, MEX.- Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza defeated Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Monterrey Open.

The Spaniard will defend her title against the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka on Sunday.

Muguruza, 19th in WTA rankings, took advantage of Rybarikova’s left knee injury and broke her twice at the start of the match to take a 4-0 lead that marked the course of the set.

Rybarikova began moving more and won a couple of games but lost the set 6-2.

In the second set, Muguruza again broke her early and went into a 4-1 lead against an opponent who regained her ability to respond, managing a break in the seventh game, but could not prevent Muguruza from winning the second set 6-3.

«Today was a good match and I’m happy to play in front of this crowd and come every year. Every match is very different; every opponent is very different. Today, I played good, so I’m happy about that,» said Muguruza, who will go up against Azarenka who eliminated the German favorite, Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

After two close sets, decided by difference of a break, Azarenka broke in the second and fourth games of the third set to go ahead 5-0 with good aggressive shots.

Azarenka closed well to clinch the win and reach her first WTA final in three years.

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