WTA Finals 2021: Muguruza edges Kontaveit to book semi-final spot, Pliskova out of the race

Muguruza's victory in her final round-robin contest in the eight-woman season finale in Guadalajara denied Karolina Pliskova a place in the knockout phase

Agence France-Presse November 15, 2021 09:03:35 IST
WTA Finals 2021: Muguruza edges Kontaveit to book semi-final spot, Pliskova out of the race

Garbiñe Muguruza, of Spain, prepares to hit a forehand to Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova during a WTA Finals tennis match in Guadalajara, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. AP

Guadalajara, Mexico: Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza booked her semi-final spot at the WTA Finals on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Anett Kontaveit that ended the Estonian's 12-match win streak.

Muguruza's victory in her final round-robin contest in the eight-woman season finale in Guadalajara denied Karolina Pliskova a place in the knockout phase.

The former world number one Pliskova battled to a gutsy 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow Czech Barbora Krejcikova earlier in the day.

Pliskova fired 11 aces but almost undid that good work with 12 double faults.

She saved two break points in the penultimate game of the second set and broke to force the decider, which she won on her third match point.

Muguruza will face fellow Spaniard Paula Badosa on Tuesday.

"It's amazing there are four players left and two of them are Spaniards. I mean, that just shows that Spain has a great level of tennis and a great school. It's going to be a fun match," Muguruza said.

Kontaveit was already assured of a semi-final berth after winning her first two matches to stretch a WTA winning streak that included titles at Moscow and Cluj-Napoca.

But it was a must-win match for Muguruza after Pliskova's afternoon victory, and the Spaniard came out firing, breaking Kontaveit in the opening game.

Muguruza saved the only three break points she faced -- two as she served for the opening set and one more as she served for the match.

She exploited Kontaveit's forehand struggles, taking the first set on two forehand errors from the Estonian.

Serving for the match at 5-4 in the second she saved a break point with an her seventh ace and claimed the match after one hour and 27 minutes with a service winner to finish second in the group behind Kontaveit.

That ended the hopes of Pliskova, who rallied from a set and a break down to beat reigning French Open champion Krejcikova.

 

Updated Date:

also read

Australian Open 2022: Pumped-up Nadal, home hero Barty march into Melbourne quarters
Sports

Australian Open 2022: Pumped-up Nadal, home hero Barty march into Melbourne quarters

Rafael Nadal survived an epic 28-minute tiebreak to seal his spot in the quarter-finals and top seed Ashleigh Barty joined him with victory over giant-killer Amanda Anisimova on Sunday.

Australian Open 2022: Murray turns back the clock as Raducanu beats Stephens on tournament debut
Sports

Australian Open 2022: Murray turns back the clock as Raducanu beats Stephens on tournament debut

After Sunday's deportation of men's defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic, the first Grand Slam of the year is now in full swing and many are eager to move on from the visa saga.

Australian Open: Garbine Muguruza upset, Ons Jabeur suffers injury scare days before tournament
Sports

Australian Open: Garbine Muguruza upset, Ons Jabeur suffers injury scare days before tournament

The Estonian won a tight first set 6-4 before the Tunisian called for a medical timeout. After lengthy treatment on her lower back, Jabeur forfeited the match