Garbine Muguruza advances to the semifinals at the WTA Finals

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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza reacts after defeating Estonian Anett Kontaveit during the women’s singles match of the 2021 WTA Finals Tournament in Zapopan, Mexico on November 14, 2021. (Photo by Ulises Ruiz / AFP)

Sixth-seeded Garbine Muguruza scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over no. 8 Anett Kontaveit on Sunday to access the semi-finals of the Akron WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Muguruza will face Paula Badosa on Tuesday, marking the first time two Spaniards have reached the semifinal of the WTA Finals. The winner will become the first Spaniard to earn a place in the final from Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 28 years ago.

“This is incredible. I didn’t know all this story, “Muguruza said after the game, adding that” 1993, I was born that year “.

“It’s amazing that there are four players left and two of them are Spaniards. I mean, this shows that Spain has a very good level of tennis and a very good school. It will be a fun match. It’s like you said, historian. It is hoped that the public will be able to participate in the match. Whoever plays better will go to the final. “

Muguruza is playing in his fourth career WTA final and his first since 2017. He hasn’t reached the knockout stage since 2015.

Kontaveit, from Estonia, had won his previous 12 games and defeated Muguruza in the quarter-finals in Moscow three weeks ago, triumphing 6-1, 6-1 in that match.

“I think Garbine played a great game,” Kontaveit said on Sunday. “She was very aggressive, just very involved from the first point. I think I’ve made too many unforced mistakes. I mean, I don’t think I’ve played a good game. I just wish I could have done a better job today. “

Previous Sunday, n. 3-seeded Karolina Pliskova defeated Barbora Krejcikova, the second-seeded, in a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 decision. In an all-Czech match, Krejcikova effectively led 6-0, 4-2 before Pliskova began her impressive comeback.

Neither Pliskova nor Krejcikova will advance to the semifinals due to previous defeats in the event. But Pliskova was still satisfied with her comeback win.

“I just fought hard to give myself a chance. (I wanted) to at least wait (and thought), ‘Maybe she’ll miss a couple’, because she really didn’t miss anything in the first set, “Pliskova said.” It actually happened, obviously quite late. But glad I stayed. there and just waited for the opportunity “.

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