Victoria Azarenka retires in Monterrey final to hand title to Garbine Muguruza

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Garbine Muguruza has successfully defended her Monterrey crown after Victoria Azarenka was forced to retire in the final.

Second seed Muguruza was 6-1, 3-1 up when Azarenka decided a leg injury was too restrictive and opted to withdraw.

“It’s a great feeling to come back and defend a title,” Muguruza said afterwards. “It’s never easy.”

It was Azarenka’s first WTA Tour final in three years, and she couldn’t hide her disappointment at being unable to contest it.

“It’s unfortunate I couldn’t give my best today, but I tried my hardest,” a tearful Azarenka said.

“I want to say thank you to my son Leo, who is not with me here.

“I would love him to be here to share this with me because it is special.”

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