World No. 8 Anett Kontaveit gave credit to Garbine Muguruza following their WTA Finals clash as she thought the Spaniard “played a great match.”
Muguruza, a former world No. 1, saw off Kontaveit 6-4 6-4 to finish the group stage with a 2-1 record and book a semifinal ticket.
Muguruza broke Kontaveit in the opening game of the match and served out for the opener in the 10th game.
The second set was a replica of the first set as Muguruza broke Kontaveit in the first game and served out for the match in the 10th game.
Kontaveit was on a 12-match winning streak as she won back-to-back titles in Moscow and Cluj-Napoca, as well as won her first two matches at the WTA Finals.
“I think Garbine played a great match,” Kontaveit said, per the WTA website. “She was very aggressive, just very on it from the first point. I think I made way too many unforced errors. I mean, I don’t think I played a very good match. I just wish I could have done a better job today.”
Kontaveit ready for the semifinal
Kontaveit will be battling either No. 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka or world No. 6 Maria Sakkari in the semifinal.
I “think I played a very good two matches,” Kontaveit said. “Have a lot to learn from today’s match. I mean, I’m very happy that I managed to get to the semifinals. Haven’t played many round-robin tournaments before other than Zhuhai. Zhuhai didn’t go so well for me, so I’m definitely very excited to be through, get two matches in two sets against the top players in the world. I think have to be very happy about that.
“If I happen to play at night again, I’ll definitely have to go out there and just practice and work on that length issue that I had today, just try and fix whatever I was doing for the next match.”