GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Anett Kontaveit stretched her profitable streak to 12 matches by beating Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-0 on Friday to safe a spot within the semifinals on the WTA Finals.
The 25-year-old Estonian now has received 28 of her final 30 matches, together with her title run at Ostrava. Previous to that strecth she had a 19-13 report for the 12 months.
“I’ve actually been having fun with being on court docket, simply having a very good time. I believe that’s been the primary factor why I’ve been doing so properly. I do really feel like I can tackle everybody,” Kontaveit mentioned.
Kontaveit, who soared from No. 30 within the rankings into the highest 10 since she began working with Dimitry Tursunov on the Cincinnati Masters, clinched a spot within the event´s closing 4.
“I believe every win in the direction of the top of the 12 months simply gave me slightly little bit of extra confidence,” Kontaveit mentioned. “The balls simply began rolling.”
Within the late match Friday, Garbiñe Muguruza rallied to beat Barbora Krejcikova 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, to stay in rivalry for the title. To qualify for the semifinals for the second time in her profession, the Spaniard (1-1) wants a win on Sunday towards Kontaveit (2-0) and a Krejcikova victory over Pliskova (1—1).
Krejcikova, the French Open champion, will not be eradicated at 0-2, however must beat Pliskova in two units and a Muguruza loss.
The second-seeded Krejcikova broke Muguruza´s service within the fifth and seventh video games to take the primary set in simply 36 minutes. However Muguruza got here again and broke Krejcikova within the fourth recreation to take a 3-1 lead and added a break within the eighth recreation.
“I’m very joyful about my preventing spirit at the moment, I misplaced the primary match in a troublesome approach and received this one in a troublesome approach,” Muguruza mentioned. “I´m very joyful in the way in which I dealt with difficulties.”
Muguruza, who’s a neighborhood favourite after profitable titles in Monterrey in 2018 and 2019, had a break within the third recreation of the third set and held on for the win.
“The group actually helped me at the moment, I mentioned it earlier than, and I imply it, they cheer me up and I mentioned I am not leaving this court docket earlier than altering issues round,” she added.
In doubles, the second-seeded group of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibihara defeated Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Demi Schuurs 6-4, 7-6 (5). The Japanese pair certified for the semifinals when No. 7 seeds Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac triumphed 6-7 ( 10), 7-6 (4) 10-5 in a virtually 2-hour match towards No. 5 seeds Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai.
The event was canceled final 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WTA Finals are being performed in Guadalajara for this 12 months solely, with the occasion scheduled to return in 2022 to Shenzhen, China.
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