Victoria Azarenka upsets Angelique Kerber, faces Garbine Muguruza in Monterrey final

Muguruza defends Monterrey title as injured Azarenka retires

Standing in Wozniacki's way is 2015 finalist Keys, who fended off Monica Puig 6-4 6-0 in a rain-interrupted semi-final on the Charleston clay. The last time Rybarikova had a run like this was in Birmingham past year, where she ultimately lost in the final to Petra Kvitova.

"I'm very happy with this week", said Spain's Muguruza, 25. There was more drama in store as the second set had a complete turn-around with Kerber coming up with the off-beat winning shots and traditional down-the-lines.

Azarenka was grimacing and stretching after almost every point and, after Muguruza broke for a 3-1 lead, the two-time Australian Open champion chose to call it quits.

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Though both players served four aces and converted on 50 percent of their break point chances, Muguruza was much more effective behind her serve, as she landed almost 80 percent of her first deliveries for the match. However, her good week in Mexico came to an end when a leg injury made it impossible for her to continue after 66 minutes of play. Keep an eye on both her and Muguruza throughout the upcoming weeks and months.

The big-hitting American, who upset top seed Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals, lost only one more game, winning eight in a row to seal victory. The beginning of the first set Kerber showed her dominance, playing smart tennis to soon lead 3 to 1.

She'd wipe her face with her wristband and said to the crowd "thank you so much for your passion", as they yelled and screamed after her. "I had just gotten broken and I got to go inside a reset". To put it all together is always more tricky, so I'm glad that I'm able to put little pieces together in the important moments.

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