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Azarenka upsets Kerber, faces Muguruza in Monterrey final

Azarenka upsets Kerber, faces Muguruza in Monterrey final

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, now ranked 67, retired due to injury in the final match at the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, BelTA has learned.

The end was in sight early in the second set after Azarenka received treatment during a medical timeout - the Belarusian eventually calling time on her title tilt following 66 minutes of play.

Earlier, Madison Keys beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win the Charleston Open - her first title on clay. "It was an important match to see how I could do under pressure against a top player", Azarenka said.

The defending champion and the second seed Garbine Muguruza has successfully defended the crown in Monterrey, leading 6-1, 3-1 against Belarusian Victoria Azarenka before the Belarusian was forced to retire due to a leg injury.

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"I'm very happy with this week and thank the crowd for supporting me all the time", is all Muguruza could say.

Azarenka had won her only previous meeting with Muguruza in the round of 16 at the Miami Open in April 2016, when she went on to win the title in her most recent final before Sunday.

In a match with only three breaks of serve, Keys made the crucial breakthrough in the sixth game of the second set to move 4-2 ahead and seize the advantage.

Her win also completed a superb week in SC, where she defeated three Grand Slam champions - Jelena Ostapenko, Stephens and Wozniacki - to take the title. The big-serving Keys trailed 5-6 in the opening set before forcing the tiebreak, which remained close until 4-3 when the fifth-seeded Wozniacki double faulted. The last time Rybarikova had a run like this was in Birmingham a year ago, where she ultimately lost in the final to Petra Kvitova.