The star of this year’s Singapore so far without a shadow of a doubt has been Svetlana Kuznetsova. While she was the last to qualify and right at the last moment, Sveta is the first player to qualify for Saturday’s semi-finals.
The white group just keeps on delivering dramatic matches… Kuznetsova won her sixth consecutive match with a battling display to see off Karolina Pliskova in a third set tiebreak, 3-6 6-2 7-6(6). It was a see-sawing match that saw both players serve for it in the third set; Kuznetsova claimed the victory with two clean winners at the end including a gorgeous backhand down-the-line winner on match point.
Take a bow, Sveta. Superlatives don’t do her recent exploits justice.
And here’s an always engaging Sveta in press.
A tough one for Pliskova but a nice touch to see her hi-fiving the crowd at the end.
As Kuznetsova sealed her place in the last four, it means that Garbiñe Muguruza is the first player to be eliminated at the round robin stage. Agnieszka Radwanska beat Muguruza in a tight two setter, 7-6(1) 6-3 with a decent display and solid stats.
For Muguruza, it was a tactically muddled display. At times she was particularly passive and at other times she tried to be aggressive; she never looked convinced in her moves towards the net which were often mis-timed or half-hearted – she won just 16 out of 31 net points.
There were more heated discussions with coach, Sam Sumyk on the changeover. I don’t know if it’s just me but Garbiñe often doesn’t seem to take on board the advice. Most of the time she doesn’t say anything but she was vocal in their second chat in the second set. There’s definitely a sense of Muguruza bottling up her frustration on the court but it really came out in the moment below.
I agree with Paul…
While we obviously don’t see what happens on the practice courts,the Muguruza-Sumyk relationship doesn’t come across as a particularly happy or healthy one. It’s been an odd year for Muguruza with such a high with the French Open but not much else to cheer about. I think there’s a lot of physical and mental fatigue right now…
It was a good win for Radwanska and she’ll play Pliskova on Friday with the winner of that match to advance to the semi-finals. Radwanska will be liking her chances having never lost a set in six previous matches against Pliskova. The world number three was much more jolly in press today!
I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for an announcement about what is happening with the WTA live streaming next year and finally today some news. Plans for the WTA product to replace WTA coverage from TennisTV were announced with WTA Networks. It all sounds good but still the biggest question, the price, hasn’t been mentioned.
I’m still sceptical and I bet there will be teething problems. I’m intrigued to know whether there will be a catch-up function. TennisTV is so great for me in that regard because most tennis, aside from in the US, happens when i’m at work so I catch-up from most tournaments in the evening. I’m also hoping there will be functionality on all devices but I guess we will just have to wait and see…
This isn’t new and has been announced before but it is worth reiterating that ALL WTA main draw matches will be streamed from next year.
The latest WTA Insider podcast has interviews with Madison Keys and Team Bucie.
And finally, previews for day 6 matches, Angelique Kerber v Madison Keys and Simona Halep v Dominika Cibulkova, are up on the site.