WTA Finals: Garbine Muguruza pips Anett Kontaveit; clinches SF spot in Guadalajara

Garbine Muguruza became the second semi-finalist to emerge from the Teotihuacán Group in the WTA Finals after winning her last round-robin match against Anett Kontaveit on Sunday evening. The Spaniard joined Kontaveit, who’d qualified earlier after having won her first two round-robin matches against Barbora Krejcikova and Karolina Pliskova.

Muguruza defeated Kontaveit 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 27 minutes. The win put an end to the Estonian’s streak of 12 straight match wins as well.

After the match, Kontaveit remarked that the Spaniard’s on-court attitude and tactics left her unable to play the game that had propelled her throughout these past few weeks. She said, “I think Garbine played a great match. 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.”

Muguruza also noted that she was trying her best to win so that she could reach the semi-finals. “Today was a match that was kind of everything or nothing. Starting the round-robin with a loss, it was never good. To finally get two wins and qualify was amazing. Today I think I played the best match out of the three. Cutting this long run from Anett, I was like, ‘Okay, is it going to be me the one to stop her?’”

WTA Finals: Garbine Muguruza, Paula Badosa to face-off 

Earlier, in the day session, Pliskova defeated compatriot Krejcikova, coming from a set down in the process. The world no. 4 overturned a bagel in the opening set to wrap up a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes. Pliskova’s win against Krejcikova also meant that if Muguruza were to lose to Kontaveit in the evening session, the former would advance to the semis.

Meanwhile, with respect to the position of the semi-finalists in the Teotihuacán Group, Anett Kontaveit is the group topper and awaits either Aryna Sabalenka or Maria Sakkari. Garbine Muguruza will take on fellow countrywoman, Paula Badosa for a chance to reach the semi-finals. This is the first time that the WTA Finals have featured two Spanish women in the penultimate round and regardless of who comes through, it will be the first time in 28 years, since 1993, that a Spanish woman will contest the season finale. Back that year, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario played and lost the final to Steffi Graf.

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