12 Jan 2014

Muguruza wins first WTA title in Hobart

7:48 am on 12 January 2014

Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza has won her maiden Women's Tennis Association title, thrashing Czech seventh seed Klara Zakopalova 6-4 6-0 in the final of the Hobart International.

Rising star Muguruza had too much power for her veteran opponent, blowing her away with her groundstrokes on Saturday to become the second qualifier to win Hobart in three tournaments.

The 20-year-old Ana Ivanovic lookalike joins Germany's Mona Barthel, who won in 2012, as the only qualifiers to win the tournament.

Six-foot Muguruza, the world No.58 but tipped for big things, knocked second seed and Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens out on the way to her first WTA final.