Tuesday was an EVENTFUL day in Singapore as both matches from the white group were decided 7-5 in the deciding sets… and both winners saved match points to prevail! In the first match of the day, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Agnieszka Radwanska played out a wonderful match, which was a clinic of all-court tennis and variety. Kuznetsova saved a match point with a tremendous display to win, 7-5 1-6 7-5 in two hours and 48 minutes.
Catching up on this match on Twitter while I was at work… Sveta cut her hair during one of the changeovers in the third set?!
Back to the match and there were so many superb points. The WTA match highlights are well worth a watch back…
If I had to pick out one point, I loved the one linked below from the first set.
This was a tough one for Aga, even more so as she had held match point against Kuznetsova in Wuhan earlier this month before losing out in three sets. Radwanska played a poor game trying to serve out the match at *5-4 in the third set with a tight backhand into the net on her match point. Understandably, she sounded sad in press…
For Kuznetsova, this was a truly magnificent effort. In the last three weeks, she’s been from Tianjin to Moscow to Singapore, and with just one day to adjust to Singapore after a ten hour + flight. I’m bowing down to you, Sveta.
The second match of the day looked like it may be over swiftly… up a set and a break at 6-2 3-1, Karolina Pliskova was in the driving seat against Garbiñe Muguruza. However, the match took one of *many* wild turns. Muguruza reeled off four straight games before forcing a deciding set with a positive showing in the second set tiebreak.
The third set was probably one of the craziest i’ve watched all year. Muguruza played some blinding tennis to go up *4-0 but twice failed to serve out the match at *5-2 and *5-4 including a match point with a volley into the net. A panicked and crumbling Muguruza completely lost her way as a rejuvenated Pliskova won the last five games and 16 of the last 20 points to secure a first ever win at the WTA Finals.
This will be a tough one for Muguruza to overcome. She had some tense and frankly, rather awkward changeover chats with coach, Sam Sumyk.
For Pliskova, it was her fourth consecutive win over Muguruza and she’s planning on sleeping tomorrow…
With Kerber v Halep on the schedule for Tuesday, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another late finish tomorrow. It’s so tough on the players to have to play this late although Garbiñe said in her press conference that she didn’t have a problem with it.
A preview post for day 3’s matches including Kerber v Halep and Keys v Cibulkova is now up on the blog at the link below.
I enjoyed the WTA Insider podcast from day 1 which had interviews with Simona Halep and Johanna Konta… it’s good to hear Jo in such high spirits.
A few tidbits of news away from Singapore… Sara Errani has split with her long-term coach.
In the podcast above, Konta said she is hoping to play the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai but it’s not 100% confirmed yet. Caroline Wozniacki though won’t be there due to a foot injury.
And finally, I had a scroll through the new rankings this morning…
#43 Belinda Bencic
#47 Eugenie Bouchard
#50 Sara Errani
#56 Jelena Jankovic
#57 Andrea Petkovic
#63 Lucie Safarova
#64 Ana Ivanovic
The Australian Open draw will be huge…