Garbine Muguruza defends Monterrey title as Victoria Azarenka is forced to retire with calf injury in second set
- Garbine Muguruza won Monterrey crown last year and defended with ease
- Victoria Azarenka is still looking for first singles title for three years
- She was forced to retire at 6-1, 3-1 in the second set with calf problem
Victoria Azarenka suffered a disappointing end to her quest to win her first singles title in over three years in Monterrey.
The Belarusian, competing in her first final since returning to the tour after giving birth to her son Leo, was forced to retire midway through the Abierto GNP Seguros final against Garbine Muguruza.
Azarenka, who had struggled throughout the match with an injury to her right calf, eventually admitted defeat when trailing 6-1 3-1.
Garbine Muguruza defended her title in Monterrey as Victoria Azarenka retired
Azarenka is still looking for her first win on tour for more than three years
Victory ensured Muguruza successfully defended the crown she won in 2018, and provided the seventh title of her career.
Madison Keys ended a long wait for her fourth career singles title with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory over Caroline Wozniacki at the Charleston Open.
Keys, who last reached a singles final at the 2017 US Open, battled for her first career win over former world number one Wozniacki in one hour and 46 minutes.
Muguruza’s win was the seventh of here career on tour and she performed superbly
In a match with only three breaks of serve, Keys made the crucial breakthrough in the sixth game of the second set to move 4-2 ahead and seize the advantage.
Keys told wtatour.com: ‘It’s definitely been a really great week for me, especially after having some really tough losses the last couple of weeks.
‘To be able to really bounce back and have a good week of training with my coach, and then come and win the tournament, is definitely a very good springboard for heading over to Europe.’
Madison Keys defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Charleston Open
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