Sunday, 8 April 2018

Muguruza and Babos to contest Monterrey final

The semi finals in Monterrey were contested, and the first of those was a three setter between Sachia Vickery (7) and Timea Babos (4).

Vickery began brilliantly, dominating the points won on both her own serve and that of Babos.

Two breaks of serve, and the set was won 6-1 by the American seventh seed.

10 unforced errors from the Hungarian, mostly flowing off the forehand, helped Vickery to her lead and the power game appeared to be heading towards another win.

Babos, though, was intent on making the final, and creating a chance for her second title of 2018, following her Taiwan Open victory in February.

A previous winner in Monterrey (2012), the fourth seed reversed the momentum of the match, and won the second and third sets, facing no break points in the process.

The 1-6 6-2 6-2 semi final win by Babos grants her access to a battle in the finale against Garbine Muguruza (1).

The top seed thrashed Ana Bogdan (6) in set one 6-0, but faced a much stiffer test in the second, down 2-4 with two break chances for 2-5.

However, Muguruza prevented the double break, cracked the defence of Bogdan’s serve and the score reached 5-5.

The comeback was complete when the world number three broke serve again in the twelfth game.

Muguruza won 6-0 7-5, hitting 15 winners, with a tidy count of only eight unforced errors. 

Bogdan was gallant, contributing 14 winners of her own, and competing strongly considering the first set blowout.

The rain washed out semi final day in Charleston, allowing only the first semi between Julia Goerges (5) and Anastasija Sevastova (8) to hit the court.  They reached 4-4 before the weather intervened.

That match, plus the other semi between Madison Keys (7) and Kiki Bertens (12), will be played (weather permitting) on Finals Day, the semis winners having a decent rest before the big one.

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