Petra Kvitova Tops Maria Sharapova, Meets Agnieszka Radwanska In WTA Finals Title Match
by Staff | October 31st, 2015, 12:14 pm

Former champions Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova collided in the semifinals of the year-end WTA Finals in Singapore, and it was the lefty coming out ahead 6-3, 7-6(3).

“I didn’t expect this, for sure,” Kvitova said. “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.”

Kvitova was down 5-1 in the second set before roaring to force the tiebreaker.

“She came back in the second set and played really strong, everything well placed and strong shots,” Kvitova added. “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.”

Sharapova will meet Kvitova later next month in the Fed Cup final.

Kvitova won the title in 2011 in her debut, and she’ll seek a second against Agnieszka Radwanska. The Pole who went 1-2 in the round robin took out WTA Finals debutant Garbine Muguruza 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5.

“I have no words to say really,” Radwanska said.

“I didn’t know if I could come back after that first set, but I think it was a great match from the beginning until the end, so many rallies and a lot of running. I’m just so glad I could win this match in the end.

“After two losses in the beginning I thought it was kind of over for me here. Then I was just cheering for Maria, and she did a good job helping me get to the semifinal. I hope I can keep going now.”

Radwanska had lost all four times this year to the Spaniard.

Kvitova has won six of eight against Radwanska. This will be their fifth meeting at the WTA Finals with both of Radwanska’s two wins coming at this year-end event including a year ago.

This is Radwanska’s first appearance in the WTA Finals title match, and it would be the biggest tournament victory of her career.

Unusually, both players have two losses in the event entering the final.

Muguruza went on the win her doubles semifinals with Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniards will meet Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza in the Sunday final.

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7 Comments for Petra Kvitova Tops Maria Sharapova, Meets Agnieszka Radwanska In WTA Finals Title Match

jalep Says:

Not sure if I can wake up for this final.

Guessing, but I don’t think WTA rankings will change no matter who wins what. However, #3-6 will get tighter.

Whoever wins, I’m happy either way, but it would be nice to see Aga win the biggest title of her career. Go Aga! It meant a lot to her to make it to the final.

Happy Petra got a win over Maria going into Fed Cup final…

FedExpress Says:

petra so useless these days after a phenomanal performnace a bad one is followed up

FedExpress Says:

both taped, both on their last legs

wta tour

FedExpress Says:

wta players are mental mugs. cant serve and no mental toughness

aga wins. a pusher. joke

Margot Says:

Well played Aggie so pleased for her – variety, touch, movement AND Martina coutside said she is hitting the ball harder than ever before!
Petra clearly shot her bolt yesterday, guess she’s still not fully fit.

RZ Says:

Way to go Aga! Now bring it to a slam please.

jalep Says:

Of course I didn’t wake up in time but…

Congratulations Aga! What a save — thought she was done after her first match :D

But have to watch this match because I’m hoping Petra is okay — still a little worried about her powers of recuperation post-mono with Fed Cup in 2 weeks.

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