The French Open champion finally managed a victory at the Tour Finals.
Garbiñe Muguruza, defeated the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova today, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1. This year at the finals has been a reciprocal for the Spanish champion. She was 3-0 up in the Round Robin last year and hence, easily qualified for the semi-finals too.
The tour beginning offered her a tough loss against seed number 4 Karolina Pliskova (where she also got a chance of winning the match once), and a subsequent loss to seed number 2 Agnieszka Radwanska. She has, obviously not qualified for the semi-finals this year.
It was easy to predict after the first set went to Svetlana that the Russian would emerge victorious, going by her latest style and form of playing, she is easily dominant on every player in her group.
But Muguruza, surprisingly lop-sided the situation and the result. She committed 31 unforced errors to her 32 winners today. Bagelled Kuznetsova, which wasn’t a job to be even thought of.
Garbiñe played to secure her rank. She later stated the same in the press conference:
“Going into this match was extremely hard for me; minutes before the match I was like, this is going to be is difficult one for me.”
“At the end it was about my desire of wanting to be here and competing against the best. It became a challenge for me today to see how I was going to react. “You have no options to qualify, so it’s like, you know, she’s already qualified; I’m not going to qualify. It’s a weird situation.” “At the end I’m playing to secure my ranking spot, to, you know, win against these opponents also. So, it was just tough to change the page and have a clean mind to go through this situation.”
She not only registered a victory to her name, but ended Kuznetsova’s 6 match winning streak, from the Kremlin Cup. Had the Russian won today, it would have been her 600th WTA victory. But, she is to play in the semi-finals, so all the best to her so that with moving into the final round, she achieves this feat also as an ending highlight of the season.
“For sure a victory like today is going to keep me a little bit happier. It was a very tough tournament. I had a match point in my first match, then the second match was tough, but I felt I got my opportunities.
“Well, was too late, but I still did it.” The Roland Garros champion is currently ranked number 5 and achieved a career high ranking of 2 as she won her first Grand Slam.
Radwanska qualifies for the semi-finals as she defeats Pliskova
Seed number 2 Agnieszka Radwanska defeated the seed number 7 Karolina Pliskova in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.
In the beginning of the first set, Pliskova was on fire. She broke Radwanska twice in the beginning itself and was leading 4-0 with a fierce and strong service. All eyes were on her, as she was about to take the first set ever from Radwanska, as the latter seemed unfocussed and missing on the right rhythm, as if the wrong chord had struck her mind at the wrong time.
But, unfortunate for the Czech, Radwanska broke back and took a game from her opponent, breaking her serve. A subsequent game was taken by Karolina later, but now was the time when Radwanska fired some brilliant forehands against her opponent’s excellent serves and cross-court shots.
“She definitely served brutal today. All I could do was just wait for the break point,” Radwanska told the on-court interviewer. “A very tight match and I’m just happy I could do my best at the important moments.
“You’re just waiting and praying that the first serve is not going to be in. She’s definitely one of the best, or even the best server on tour and every break matters.”
In the second set, both the players put up a strong fight and levelled each other at 3-3, winning their respective service games. It was then Pliskova to serve, where she got broken. Aga took the subsequent game and was now leading 5-3, only a game away from winning the match. Here, Pliskova could have saved a few match points or could have made it possible to linger the match point, but she eventually lost as she got broken on her serve. She is yet to take a set from Radwanska, as Radwanska now leads the head-to-head,7-0.
The Semi-Final matches are as follows:
Dominika Cibulkova vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
Angelique Kerber vs Agnieszka Radwanska