Russian star Maria Sharapova goes through to the WTA Finals and takes Agnieszka Radwanska with her.
Sharapova breezes through in Singapore
SHOWS: SINGAPORE (OCTOBER 29, 2015) (WTA TOUR-IEC – SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE)
MARIA SHARAPOVA BEAT FLAVIA PENNETTA 7-5 6-1
1. SHARAPOVA SERVES TO SAVE FIRST GAME BUT LOSES WHEN PENNETA HITS DOUBLEHANDED BACKHAND DOWN LINE
2. SHARAPOVA SERVES AND VOLLEYS A WINNER 15-0 1-3
3. PENNETTA HITS WINNING FOREHAND RETURN 40-15 2-4
4. PENNETTA SERVES AND SHARAPOVA HITS DOUBLEHANDED BACKHAND VOLLEY TO GO 4-4
5. SHARAPOVA TAKES FIRST SET WITH POWERFUL FOREHAND VOLLEY INTO CORNER
6. SHARAPOVA HITS BACKHAND DROP SHOT TO BREAK PENNETTA AND GO 2-0 7-5
7. SHARAPOVA WINS MATCH WHEN PENNETTA HITS NET
8. PLAYERS HUG
STORY: Maria Sharapova made light of her long injury layoff by advancing to the last four of the WTA Finals with an unbeaten record in round robin play after the Russian breezed past Flavia Pennetta 7-5 6-1 on Thursday (October 29).
The straight sets win meant that Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the semi-finals.
The match was the last of the 33-year-old Pennetta’s career, as she announced previously that this season would be her last after her stunning U.S. Open victory in September.
Radwanska had earlier battled past Simona Halep 7-6(5) 6-1 in their last Red Group match, with the Pole just two points away from elimination at one stage and only able to progress if Sharapova beat Pennetta in straight sets.
Perhaps aware that a single set was all she needed to extend her career by at least one more match, Pennetta started quickly against an opponent who had not completed a match since July before arriving in Singapore.
The Italian could not pull further away, however and Sharapova’s relentless pressure told on Pennetta, who conceded the set meekly.
The Russian now had the momentum and broke early in the second set through a combination of her typical booming forehands and recently developed sliced backhand chips and drop shots to surge 3-0 clear.
Pennetta staved off more break points to stop the rot, but the reprieve was brief as the Russian sent down her seventh ace on the way to winning the last three games.
Radwanska, Halep and Pennetta all ended round robin play with 1-2 records, but the Pole advanced after she won three sets in her matches while the others could only manage two.