Azarenka ends WTA drought in Monterrey, Wozniacki reaches Charleston final

Arnold Nichols
April 11, 2019

The 29-year-old last contested a singles final in April 2016, winning both Indian Wells and Miami within two weeks before announcing her pregnancy later that year and giving birth to son Leo in December.

Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza claimed back-to-back Monterrey Open titles as Victoria Azarenka succumbed to injury in the final.

The victory handed Muguruza her maiden trophy of the season and seventh of her career, while it marked the first time she has defended a title.

However, she gained a lot of momentum in Monterrey, starting with wins over Misaki Doi, Stefanie Voegele, and Sachia Vickery.

"It's quite incredible. I'm very pleased with the way I played today". Up against her, however, was another experienced and former world number one player in Victoria Azarenka.

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, now ranked 67, retired due to injury in the final match at the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, BelTA has learned.

"I'm just so thrilled to be healthy, that's the main thing", the fifth-seeded Wozniacki said after making her first final of the year. There was more drama in store as the second set had a complete turn-around with Kerber coming up with the off-beat winning shots and traditional down-the-lines.

Keys closed out the first set with a forehand service return, then broke Puig, the Olympic champion, three times in the decider.

Keys won the next point but twice had backhand errors to allow Wozniacki to pull within 6-5. The last time Rybarikova had a run like this was in Birmingham previous year, where she ultimately lost in the final to Petra Kvitova.

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.

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