Muguruza finds little comfort in bittersweet victory
By John O'Brien
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Garbine Muguruza had the rare experience of winning her final match of the season without lifting a trophy, an almost fitting end to a year of frustration for the Spaniard who claimed her first grand slam but had little else to celebrate.
The 23-year-old beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6 6-0 6-1 in her last round robin match at the WTA Finals on Friday, an emotional victory following two defeats at the elite eight-woman event that saw her exit the tournament in the group stage.
"It was a challenge for me today to see how I was going to react. I'm very happy of the way I played today, the way I handled the match," said the French Open champion, who knew she could not qualify before facing Kuznetsova.
"For sure a victory like today is going to keep me a little bit happier as it was a very tough tournament," she added.
"I had a match point in my opener (against Karolina Pliskova) then the second match (against Agnieszka Radwanska) was tough but I felt I got this one right. A little too late, but I still did it."
Muguruza struggled with an ankle injury prior to the tournament and the stress of a possible injury withdrawal was not the ideal preparation for such a prestigious event.
"I was emotional because I suffered a lot in the last month not knowing if I was going to qualify or not. I really wanted to be here and then I twisted my ankle so it was a drama for me," she added.
"Then the way the matches went, I couldn't make it to the semi-finals. I was just happy that I've been through it and I won the last match and I'm like done." Continued...