Garbine Muguruza beats Kerber 6-4 6-4 and is in good shape to advance to final four at WTA finals.
Garbine Muguruza beats Angelique Kerber in WTA Finals
SHOWS: SINGAPORE (OCTOBER 28, 2015) (WTA TOUR-IEC – SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE)
GARBINE MUGURUZA V ANGELIQUE KERBER (RED)
1. KERBER AND MUGURUZA WALK ONTO THE COURT
2. MUGURUZA WINS POINT WITH BACKHAND WINNER ON HER WAY TO WIN FIRST SET
3. SECOND SET, FIRST GAME – EXCITING RALLY AT THE NET, MUGURUZA WINS POINT WITH FOREHAND TO THE BASELINE
4. SCORE LEVEL FOUR GAMES ALL IN SECOND SET, KERBER WINS POINT WITH BACKHAND SHOT TO GO AHEAD
5. SCORE LEVELLED AGAIN, MUGURUZA PLAYS FOREHAND WINNER FOR ADVANTAGE
6. MURUGUZA HAS TWO MATCH POINTS, SHE WINS WITH A CROSSCOURT WINNER
7. HAND SHAKE AND CELEBRATIONS
STORY: Spain’s Garbine Muguruza moved to the brink of the WTA Finals last four with a 6-4 6-4 win over Angelique Kerber on Wednesday (October 28).
Muguruza (2-0) came into the tournament on the back of her first premier level tournament win in Beijing at the start of the month and backed up her impressive opening round-robin win over Lucie Safarova with another straight sets victory over Kerber.
Kvitova (1-1), Kerber (1-1) and Safarova (0-2) can all still advance to the last four from the ‘White Group’ with one round of matches to play but Muguruza is in prime position to advance as the winner of the four-player pool in Singapore.
The 22-year-old Muguruza started the contest full of positive intent, immediately finding the corners and licking the paint with her powerful ground strokes as she broke in the first game before Kerber had a chance to settle.
Slowly but surely, the German worked her way back into the set, breaking back in the fourth game through sheer determination and a tenacious defence as the pair fought tooth and nail to gain the ascendancy.
At 4-4, the Spaniard increased her intensity levels a notch and quickly forged three break points, edging ahead on the second of them and closing out the set with a blistering serve in the next game that Kerber sent sailing over the baseline.
Muguruza, who started the season ranked outside the top 20, continued to apply pressure at the start of the second as Kerber hung on by her fingernails, until the Spaniard finally converted her sixth break point of the set to edge 3-2 ahead.
Kerber refused to buckle, however, and broke back against the run of play in the eighth game before Muguruza wrestled back control in what had become a baseline slugfest, then closed out the contest as her demoralised opponent wilted under a barrage of booming forehands.