World No. 5 Garbine Muguruza thought the quality of her serve dropped in the second set and that let Karolina Pliskova back into the match.
Muguruza, a former world No. 1, won the opening set of her WTA Finals before Pliskova stormed back to win 4-6 6-2 7-6 (6).
“I felt like in the second set, I didn’t serve as good as the first set,” Muguruza said after the match, per the WTA website. “At the beginning, I got that break. I think she started to play, to do things, to serve especially.
“I think she started to serve well beginning of the second set. That’s her biggest weapon. That made the match a little bit tighter. The third set I managed to come back a little bit better. That was the real battle, the third set.”
Muguruza lost a thriller
Pliskova started the match with a break but Muguruza responded with back-to-back breaks to take a 4-2 lead, before serving out for the opener in the 10th game.
Pliskova responded in style, having broken Muguruza in the second and eighth game to force a decider..
Muguruza started the third set with a break but got broken back in the second game..
Muguruza saved two match points on her serve in the 10th game but then failed to convert any of her two consecutive break points in the 11th game.
Pliskova then realized her fourth match point in the tie-break to claim a tight win.
“Well, that was a very tough match for both of us. I think it was actually one point the difference because we reached the tiebreak and I saved many match points. Man, that was a painful loss definitely,” Muguruza reflected.
“I fought as hard as I could. At the end it was just one point difference. I’m actually proud of the match I played due to the circumstances. I loved the crowd. Even though I suffered during this match, I also felt very energized and motivated to play in Mexico.”