Kuznetsova, Pliskova Save Match Points In WTA Finals Thrillers; Kerber-Halep Tuesday

by Staff | October 24th, 2016, 8:41 pm

It was a thrilling Day 2 at the WTA Finals in Singapore Monday with both round robin matches going the distance and both winners had to save match points en route to victory.

First, defending champion Agnieszka made her debut going up against nemesis Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian who was the last player to get into the field had beaten Radwanska in 12 fo 16 meetings and looked on her way to another win after taking the first set 7-5.

Radwanska stormed back in the second for 6-1 and then held a match point at 5-4 in the third. But Kuznetsova rolled off the last three games of the match to take it 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 for her 13th win over the Radwanska.

“I mean, I don’t know. I know that I won last two matches in last month against Aga being match point down both matches, so it’s very hard to say,” Kuznetsova said.

“I’m just trying my best when I play her. She’s really tough. She’s No.3 or 4 in the world, so, I mean, you better maybe ask her about it. I don’t know. I mean, we always have tough matches, but I guess somebody has to win and more times it’s for me.”

The late match was just as thrilling as Karolina Pliskova saved a match points to deny Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5.

In the third set, Muguruza led by 4-0 and then held a match point at 5-2 before Pliskova reeled off the last four games (and 15 of the last 19 points) to take the match.

“To be honest, I didn’t feel really good in the practice week what I had here,” Pliskova said afterward. “I came on Wednesday, so I was here quite few days practicing. I didn’t feel that good.

“But I think today in the match I improved a lot and I felt much better during the match to find my game. With me it’s still the same. Everything is starting with the serve. Then I have to be active on the legs and still moving forward, because the surface here is kind of – I wouldn’t say slow, but it’s stopping somehow few balls.”

On Tuesday, the Red Group battle resumes with World No. 1 Angelique Kerber facing Simona Halep and then seeking their first wins it’s Madison Keys up against Dominika Cibulkova.

Halep leads the German 4-3 but Kerber has won three of the last four including the Cincinnati semifinals this past August.

“Every time when I play against Angelique is tough match. We play like three sets always,” Halep said Saturday. “I expect very tough one. She had great year. She won many matches, two Grand Slams. So I don’t expect anything. I just have to play what I have to play against her. I know her pretty well, so it’s going to be a tough one.”

Start at 7.30pm
[1] Angelique Kerber (GER #1) vs. [3] Simona Halep (ROU #4)
Followed by
[6] Madison Keys (USA #7) vs. [7] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK #8)

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18 Comments for Kuznetsova, Pliskova Save Match Points In WTA Finals Thrillers; Kerber-Halep Tuesday

jalep Says:

Should have posted on this thread!

From wtatennis.com, Red Group 🍿 🍿
Semifinal Qualification Scenarios:

1. Halep qualifies if she wins in straight sets (final standings position in Red Group to be determined).

2. If Keys and Halep win, Halep qualifies as Red Group winner and Cibulkova is eliminated. (Keys and Kerber would play for second place Thursday).

3. If Kerber and Cibulkova win, Kerber qualifies as Red Group winner and Keys is eliminated. (Cibulkova and Halep would play for second place Thursday).

4. Keys is eliminated if she loses in straight sets.🍿

jalep Says:

whoops, didn’t mean for that popcorn emoji to show up where Keys is eliminated.
Good Luck Madison!

Humble Rafa Says:

Barbers are not needed at the WTA, apparently.

skeezer Says:

^nor is false humbleness and bad comedy.

skeezer Says:

Must be tortuous to try to be someone you’re not.

AndyMira Says:

That’s alright HR,i like your humour very much..Always can bring me smile and laugh when sometimes you’re almost suffocated with insult,slashed,slammed and hurtful words hurling at each other..

Willow Says:

I Never understood HRs SOH TBH, i will say though at least its not crude or smutty, mentioning no names ….

FedExpress Says:

wtf has happened to muguruza. Is she really a GS champ? Did nothing before FO and after FO. ffs you are a GS champ and play with confidence.

to lead 4-0 (double break) in the 3rd and then still lose the set is choking of highest quality

Willow Says:

Im inclined to agree with you Fedexpress just this once ….

FedExpress Says:

cherrs Willow

elina Says:

FedExpress, it took Novak three years to win another slam after winning his first in ’08.

So yes, she really is a GS champ.

FedExpress Says:

it isnt about winning GS again. its about competing.

how many GS semis and QFs did novak reach between 2008 and 2011? Many.

How many titles did novak win between 2008 and 2011? Many.

How many finals did he reach? Many.

muguruza did nothing this bar winning the french open.

elina Says:

No he didn’t win many. He won 3 of 27 Master’s entered between his first and second slam.

She could simply be having sophomore slump not living up to her potential feeling the pressure just like Djokovic did.

Or she could be another Thomas Johannson one-hit wonder.

It is simply too early to say.

AndyMira Says:

Another great win by Kuz!What a terrific match..Amazing ball striking from both players..Pliskova got a chance to close out the match at 6-5 in 3rd sets but choked!In the end the great and well experienced player like Kuz surely would take a chance on that..None the less congrats to both of them for an amazing match..Well done Kuz!

Van Persie Says:

Does Sveta have 9 lives ? :) Well done, congrats for the big match today!

RZ Says:

Wow Sveta – proving me very wrong about how exhausted she would be going from Moscow to Singapore!

Van Persie Says:

RZ, she proved many to be wrong, me included.

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