'Dream come true': Tennis star creates history after WTA Finals win

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Garbine Muguruza (pictured) collapses after winning the WTA Finals.
Garbine Muguruza (pictured) became the first Spaniard to win the WTA Finals. (Getty Images)

Garbine Muguruza has made history after becoming the first Spaniard to win the WTA Finals after defeating Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 in Guadalajara.

Muguruza advanced to the finals after defeating Paula Badosa in an all-Spanish semi-final, but made history with her first Finals win.

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After trading breaks early in the match, the No.6 seed chipped away at Kontaveit's defences to convert on break point in the seventh game, as the Estonian put up four double faults throughout the first set, got roughly half of her first serves in and struggled with errors.

Playing in the biggest match of her career, Kontaveit regained her composure in the second set, converting on break point in the seventh game.

But she could not retain the momentum as the two-time grand slam winner refused to give in, firing off a mighty forehand winner in the 10th game to level the score and keep the set going.

After her first round match, Muguruza has been playing herself into form and her serve has been the key.

Muguruza, who won nearly 70 per cent of her first-serve points across the entire match, again broke Kontaveit's serve to clinch the affair, crumpling to the court with her hands over her face before greeting her opponent for a hug at the net.

Following her historic victory, Muguruza said it was a dream to finish her year in such emphatic fashion.

Garbine Muguruza (pictured) celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2021 WTA Finals Tournament.
Garbine Muguruza (pictured) celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2021 WTA Finals Tournament. (Photo by ULISES RUIZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Muguruza, Venezuelan-born, was told the event would be in Latin America and made it her goal to reach the WTA Finals.

"I remember when (WTA CEO Steve Simon) and I were in the US Open and he told me that Guadalajara could be a possibility for the Finals and I was like 'Oh my God, I have to make it,' and look now, we're here," said Muguruza, before hoisting the Billie Jean King Trophy in front of an adoring crowd.

"For me it was a dream come true to play here."

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The tennis world was full of praise for the Spaniard, who has had a dazzling second-half of the year.

It was Muguruza's fourth appearance at the season-ending finals and her first in the championship match.

Her win gave Spain its first-ever WTA Finals title and will see her end the year as the world No.3 when the rankings are updated on Monday.

"Overall I think it's the best year for me. I might not have won a Grand Slam, but I deeply feel like I've been happier and more stable, less dramatic, and in general very happy about it," he said.

She won in Chicago last month and defeated Czech Barbora Krejcikova in March's Dubai final for her biggest title since picking up her second major title at Wimbledon in 2017.

"This is just another proof that I think I'm actually in the best moment of my career," Muguruza said, adding that she will be celebrating with some Tequilla.

"The experience I have now, the tennis, the way I handle myself, I think it's actually much better than before."

with AAP

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