World No. 5 Garbine Muguruza thought she played her best match at the WTA Finals on Sunday against Anett Kontaveit.
Muguruza, a former world No. 1, beat Kontaveit 6-4 6-4 to clinch a semifinal ticket at the WTA Finals.
Muguruza made a perfect start to the match, having broken Kontaveit in the opening game of the match.
Muguruza saved two break points in the 10th game before realizing her first set point to win the opener.
The same scenario happened in the second set as Muguruza broke Kontaveit in the opening game and served out for the match in the 10th game.
“Today was a match that was kind of everything or nothing,” Muguruza said, per the WTA website. “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?”
Muguruza glad she held on to her serve perfectly
“I think it was clear my serve was very important to not get broken, and to break her quite fast in the couple of sets,” Muguruza said. “Just to maintain my serve and to dominate, try to do less mistakes than her also because the conditions are tough.”
Muguruza has been through to her first semifinal at the WTA Finals since 2015.
“Well, definitely more experience,” Muguruza said. “Saving the energy that I need for when I need it, being very smart about like, don’t be too emotional. I started with a loss and I said, That doesn’t matter, this is round-robin, I still have chances.
“Just a little bit more perspective, a little bit more experience and mature. I think I’m more ready to face the semifinals than what I was in 2015.”