Venus Williams claimed the 47th WTA singles title of her career as Garbine Muguruza retired from their Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open final with a left ankle injury in the middle of the second set.
After rallying from 5-3 in the third set to overcome surging British qualifier Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals and saving a match point in Friday’s semi against Roberta Vinci, the unseeded Williams used her experience to win the close first set 6-3 against the fifth-seeded Muguruza, while the American didn’t have to do much in the second set, as the Spaniard’s body couldn’t handle the stress any longer and trailing 3-0 she pulled out.
The 24th-ranked Williams has now won her biggest title in more than five years, earning $456,000 in prize money, and is projected to rise ten spots in the WTA rankings. Muguruza can console herself with the fact that despite this unfortunate outcome she will make a Top 5 debut in the WTA rankings on Monday, going up from No. 8 to No.5.
Venus’ winning outfit: the navy EleVen Kaleidoscope Love Tank, featuring contrast trim on straps, and the EleVen Kaleidoscope Print Set Point 14.5″ Skirt.