In the first match of the day on Friday, Garbiñe Muguruza won her first match of the tournament meaning that all eight singles players have picked up at least one win this year. Muguruza won 12 of the last 13 games to snap Kuznetsova’s six match winning streak with a 3-6 6-0 6-1 victory in one hour and 34 minutes.
It was a nice way to end the week for Muguruza who was clearly emotional in her post-match interview.
While the match had no impact on the standings in the white group, it was an important one for the rankings.
The final round robin match from the group stage was a winner-takes-it-all showdown between Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova. Radwanska recovered from a break down in both sets to secure a seventh straight sets win over Pliskova, 7-5 6-3.
Here’s Aga’s press conference after her victory.
It’s been a great year for Karolina and she confirmed in her press conference that she won’t be playing the IPTL during the off-season… in my opinion, a very smart decision!
In the doubles matches… playing in their first match together since Montreal, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza reached the semi-finals with a 7-6(10) 7-5 victory over Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan in a super entertaining contest. Hingis and Mirza saved three set points in the first set.
The fourth and final of the doubles quarter-finals saw Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 6-2 7-5.
The top four seeds have progressed to the weekend with two blockbuster doubles semi-finals set for Saturday.
Player announcements are coming thick of fast… Svetlana Kuznetsova, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Monica Puig and Eugenie Bouchard have all been confirmed for Sydney in the second week of 2017.
Dasha squared are on holiday together… these two give me life.
The players are making their way to Zhuhai for the last WTA tournament of the year at next week’s WTA Elite Trophy… I haven’t yet decided if i’ll be blogging for it!
Sadly this will be my last post from the 2016 WTA Finals as i’m busy this weekend and won’t be able to catch-up with the tennis. It’s been a fun tournament and much more enjoyable than I expected, and I look forward to catching up with the last few matches on Sunday. Tennis is wrapping up for 2016 but I still have plenty planned for the rest of the year so stay tuned!
Semi-finals previews for Cibulkova v Kuznetsova and Kerber v Radwanska are both up on the blog and can be found at the links below.