Petra Kvitova stuns Maria Sharapova to reach Singapore final

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic upset Maria Sharapova on Saturday’s semifinal to set up a title match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Kvitova defeated Sharapova 6-3, 7-6(3).

The earlier semifinal between Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza resulted in an upset as well since Muguruza led the round robin stages with a 3-0 record while Radwanska was 1-2. It was the same scenario for Kvitova who was 1-2 in the early stages and Sharapova advancing with a 3-0 record.

“I didn’t expect this, for sure,” Kvitova said during the on court interview after the match. “I had two losses in my group, and I couldn’t really believe I would play the semifinals. And I knew Maria would be strong today – she played so well in the round robin group, so I expected a really tough match.

“But I knew I had the game to beat her, and that I really had to keep trying today.”

“She came back in the second set and played really strong, everything well placed and strong shots, but I was just trying to continue in the plan that I had, trying to stay aggressive and everything.

“I just took my chances and I’m really happy with the way I finished the match today.”

The two-time Wimbledon champion is now just a win away from winning her second year-end championships title. She won the event back in 2011 when it was still staged in Istanbul.

Kvitova is assured of breaching the $20 million mark in career prize money, same case for Radwanska who also booked a place in Singapore finals.


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