Muguruza advances to WTA Finals semifinal with win over Kvitova

Garbiñe Muguruza continued to impress with a significant three-set victory over former champion Petra Kvitova at the WTA Finals Singapore. The win in her final round robin match play means that the Spaniard advanced to the semifinals with a perfect 3-0 record. In a match that lasted more than two and a half hours, Muguruza won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

With a spot in the semifinal, Muguruza could emulate Kvitova’s feat at this event in 2011 where she made the final on her debut. Kvitova would go on to win that title (the event was held in Istanbul, Turkey back then).

Muguruza will have a hectic schedule on Saturday as she’s also slated to play her doubles match at night. She and teammate Carla Suarez Navarro booked a place in the final four in doubles. This means Muguruza has played on six consecutive days and could be playing two matches on Saturday and Sunday.

“For sure I’m tired today and it’s going to a challenge for me to see how much my body can handle,” she said during the press conference. “It’s going to be hard but I think it’s great to be in my position of playing singles and doubles semifinals. Now I have to recover well and do everything possible to be ready for both matches.”

Up next for Muguruza is Agnieszka Radwanska to whom she has a winning record this year.

“It’s amazing. To be here for me is great. I’ve been playing well all year and hopefully I can continue winning and playing like this,” Muguruza said.

Meanwhile, Kvitova hopes that her good friend and fellow Czech Lucie Safarova can defeat Angelique Kerber in straight sets later in the day in order to keep her hopes alive to make it to the semifinals.


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