Knowing that her chances of qualifying for the semifinals were long gone, Garbine Muguruza fought just for some consolation against Svetlana Kuznetsova, who knew that her progress past the round-robin stage was certain regardless of the outcome of the Friday’s match.
In the beginning it seemed like Kuznetsova would finish round-robin action with a perfect 3-0 score, just like world No.1 Angelique Kerber, as the Russian straightforwardly won the first set 6-3 with two confident breaks of Muguruza’s serve. Muguruza seemed uncomfortable, as if she would rather be anywhere else but on the tennis court.
However, something in the Spaniard changed in the second set and as Kuznetsova’s fatigue kicked in, Muguruza won ten consecutive games. Muguruza simply stopped overthinking and played her game. Kuznetsova had somewhat of a chance for a revival in the second game of the second set, but after 13 minutes and seven break points saved, Muguruza held her serve, giving the ultimate blow to Kuznetsova.
Still naturally unsatisfied with her WTA Finals performance, eventually a smile showed up on the the French Open champion Muguruza’s face, even though some light tears were also in her eyes, as she explained how she won this match 3-6 6-0 6-1 after losing the first two matches in the White Group. (photos: Jimmie48)