WTA Finals Singapore SF: Sharapova v Kvitova, Muguruza v Radwanska
by Staff | October 30th, 2015, 6:05 pm
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The women’s semifinals were set today at the year-end WTA Finals event in Singapore. Joining Red Group winners Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska were Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova who emerged from the White Group.

Muguruza capped a perfect first week for her at the event by defeating Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to win the White Group. And the Spaniard is also in the doubles with Carla Suarez Navarro, so she’ll be busy this weekend.

“For sure I’m tired today and it’s going to a challenge for me to see how much my body can handle,” she added. “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.”

Kvitova still advanced when her countrywoman Lucie Safarova did her a favor beating Angelique Kerber in straight sets 6-4 ,6-3.

“That’s teamwork,” Safarova said. “I am happy for Petra that she went through to the semis and I am happy for my win today as well.”

Tomorrow, Muguruza, who is 13-2 since the US Open, will face Radwanska while Sharapova meets Kvitova in a battle of former champions.

“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 who has beaten the Pole four times this year.

Sharapova leads Kvitova 6-3 but the Czech won their last meeting at this event a year ago.

SATURDAY SINGAPORE SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT
Start 12:30pm
[1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) vs [3] Chan Hao-Ching (Chinese Taipei) / Chan Yung-Jan (Chinese-Taipei)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[2] Garbine Muguruza (Spain) vs [5] Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[3] Maria Sharapova (Russia) vs [4] Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
[7] Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) / Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) vs [8] Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) / Carla Suárez Navarro (Spain)


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34 Comments for WTA Finals Singapore SF: Sharapova v Kvitova, Muguruza v Radwanska

Nicole Says:

Muguruza is going to be a force for many years to come hopefully. Love Kvitova. Want to see her play more like her Wimbledon final appearances.


FedExpress Says:

mugu looks tired. this happens when u play doubles. bad planning


FedExpress Says:

a pusher who got by chance into the semis with a 1-2 rr record is in the finals. sad.


elina Says:

That is the flaw in these year end events unlike the way every other tournament is played for good reason. Makes for entertaining TV but not to be taken so seriously. Largely promotional events like all star games in other sports.

Good observation.


FedExpress Says:

petra imploding after a good first set

masha winning any trophy is bad for the sport


FedExpress Says:

for having one of the best serves petra is doing very badly in his service games


FedExpress Says:

how can petra lose to a talentless mug like masha


FedExpress Says:

to a player who has lost vs serena zillion times the past 13 years


FedExpress Says:

clever from masha. didnt want to serve it out. wants to have the adv in 3rd set by serving first


FedExpress Says:

kvitova wins

was 1-5 down in the 2nd set. won 5 games in a row.
played clutch in the TB.

hope she doesnt flop in the final.


Margot Says:

Just watched Maria v Petra. When they were both playing well- what a terrific match! Huge hitting and excellent serving, for all you blokes on here pooh poohing women’s serving/tennis generally….;)
Maria’s backhand let her down and towards the end Petra was targeting it.
Two of my favourite players in the final. Great!
@jane
Marianne B was in the studio afterwards and she looked fine, very glamourous. Nigel Sears, Kim’s dad, was there too. Never heard him commentating before, or seen him much either come to that.


jalep Says:

Wow! Fantastic! yesssssssss!

Petra and Aga. Don’t think I could be happier at the moment hehehe…


jalep Says:

Just when you think for sure it’s Garbine and Maria.
@ Margot. No kidding. Sure love the tennis of the some of these pushers :D

Can’t wait to watch!

2


jalep Says:

where’d the stray ’2′ came from?

FedEx has a point about Muguruza playing dubs. Was thinking that about Safarova too. Can you see Nadal or Djokovic going for both singles and doubles titles in London? lol, crazy.

Still, the way Petra’s been struggling, so happy for her. And for Aga…her year started rough – this is so huge for her. Tour Final will give her 2016 a boost. I don’t care who wins — this is great!


Ben Pronin Says:

Just turned it on, why is Nadal’s knee wrapped and why was the trainer out?


jalep Says:

Don’t know Ben. Just got home from work and tuned in – pretty happy about the Singapore semi-final surprises.

Will look into what wrong with Rafa. Vasek Pospisil in Valencia semi!

Oh ya. Rt. knee taped.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t understand how Gasquet won games let alone went up a break.

Nadal playing really well, right on top of the baseline if not inside. Hitting the forehand well and moving well.

Gasquet’s game plays right into his hands, though. He’s not a power player so he tries to use angles a lot, but he hits top a lot of top spin so short angled balls sit right up for Nadal to smack away.


Wog Boy Says:

I want Fedal final, haven’t seen one for the long long time.


jalep Says:

Yep. You describe it well, Ben. Don’t think I need to watch. Go Jack Sock, hey? :D Sock v Rafa may have future potential. Sock grew an inch or so, guessing.


Ben Pronin Says:

If Gasquet could hit big forehands with a little more consistency, I think he would’ve won this match by now.

It definitely looks like Nadal is trying to implement a new style and the results are varying. One game he looks incredible and the next he’s missing every other shot. I’m actually surprised Cilic couldn’t beat him yesterday. But Gasquet just isn’t the guy to do it, either.


jalep Says:

Oh hi Wog Boy. I know you fancy a Fedal, as do lots of people. ;)


jalep Says:

Yeah. Rafa is all the way back vs Gasquet. Looking extremely comfortable on fast indoor hc.


Margot Says:

Hi Wog Boy!
Huge match today. Really looking forward to it. Will be sitting ON the sofa for once!
U watching?


Wog Boy Says:

Hi jalep,
Actually I do fancy when they play against each other, though I think Basel fans don’t fancy it.. for the reason.


Ben Pronin Says:

Gasquet has to work so hard to win points or games. He’s lucky this isn’t a best of 5 set match. But it’s nice to see him continue to fight. Maybe a year ago Gasquet would’ve faded but he’s still trying to win.


jalep Says:

Margot, this is the Singapore thread…

hello, cheers, happiness…Aga and Petra, pojd!


jalep Says:

Gosh, surprised Richee is still leading in this set, Ben.


Wog Boy Says:

Hi Margot,
It is huge game, I am trying to stay awake (it is 2:15 am now) and I believe that Aussies are in with a good chance to win, as long as they are good in defense.


Margot Says:

@jalep
Talking rugby to Wog Boy. No thread for that.


jalep Says:

Well I did my best, Margot. Emailed Kath’s post to tennis-x last week.


RZ Says:

So the 2 ladies who made the Singapore finals were the ones who rode the coattails of their group-mates into the semifinal stage, while the two semifinal losers were the ones who had gone 3-0 in the round robin stage. I wonder if that has happened before.


Ben Pronin Says:

Insane tiebreaker. Nadal up 4-3, dumps 2 forehands in the net. Gasquet has a set point at 6-4 on his serve and decides to hit the ball back to Nadal. Nadal has a match point at 6-7 and Gasquet hits one of his classic crazy backhands.

Nadal closes it out but he still has lingering issues closing matches out. And I do think a better player than Gasquet would’ve beaten Nadal today. But a second final in 3 fast court events is a very positive result. And he’ll be the favorite in the final regardless.


FedExpress Says:

favourtite? are u drunk ben pronin? this is feds backyard, its indoor, fed had a relative good season, nadal won through the choking of others, hasnt won vs the big 3 this season.

i ask again: are u drunk?


Ben Pronin Says:

Seeing Federer on the other side of the net always gets Nadal’s motor going.

Also, what does having a good or bad season matter? It’s all about form. Federer has been so-so here. And Nadal hasn’t been exactly dominant, either. But an average Nadal vs an average Federer? Advantage Nadal.

Whining about choking doesn’t mean anything.

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