Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka to contest Monterrey final

Garbine Muguruza smiling PA

Garbine Muguruza has blasted her way into her second successive Monterrey final, where she will face a resurgent Victoria Azarenka.

The double Grand Slam winner has nt been in great form in recent months, but there was no signs of that as she cut through 2017 Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova in just 76 minutes.

“I am very happy to be here in the final,” said Muguruza after her 6-2, 6-3 win.

“It’s always a good feeling. Today was a very good match. I am very happy 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 am happy about that.

“I feel really good right now. I played better in this match than the others this week and I’m feeling great physically.

“Whenever I play, there’s pressure, but a final makes it more special.

I don’t feel like I’m defending the title. That can’t be taken away from me, but it’s just a new year, and a new final.”

Muguruza will now face former world number one Victoria Azarenka in Sunday’s final after she beat top seed Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the other semi.

It will be especially sweet for Azarenka, who has qualified for her first tour-level final in over three years.

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