Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Garbine Muguruza ends title drought

One might suggest “Third time’s the charm”, but rest assured, Garbine Muguruza’s title victory is all by merit. While chances to lift the Dubai trophy went amiss in 2015 and 2018, Muguruza’s 2021 campaign began...

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Garbine Muguruza ends title drought
One might suggest “Third time’s the charm”, but rest assured, Garbine Muguruza’s title victory is all by merit. While chances to lift the Dubai trophy went amiss in 2015 and 2018, Muguruza’s 2021 campaign began with some positive signs. Having produced some of the most sensational tennis on the WTA tour, the Spaniard had gone without a title to show for. That changed after downing surprise finalist Barbora Krejcikova 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 on a breezy Saturday night in Dubai. Krejcikova, a doubles specialist who was never ranked within the top 50 in singles, was yet to drop a set after sweeping past Jil Teichmann of Switzerland 7-5, 6-2 to reach the Dubai Tennis Women’s final. Seeking her first career WTA singles title, facing the former Wimbledon was one of her biggest matches yet. Muguruza’s most recent title came at the 2019 Monterrey Open, where she successfully defended her title. While facing defeat to Ash Barty and Petra Kvitova in her most recent appearances in a final, Muguruza made sure not to spurn her shot at a maiden Dubai Tennis title. Talking about playing back-to-back finals, she said: “I feel the consistency is hard to get, but being able to play three finals is a great sign that we are on the right way.”