Venus Williams won the Wuhan Open on Saturday when her Spanish opponent and fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0.
It was the unseeded Williams' 47th WTA singles title.
“It's not easy when you don't play your best,” Williams told Muguruza, adding that “I probably didn't have a chance if you felt well.”
Muguruza said she was “very sorry” at having to retire.
Williams rallied from 5-3 down in the third set of the quarterfinals to beat British qualifier Johanna Konta, and she saved a match point during a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) semifinal win over Roberta Vinci.
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