By winning in three sets, Karolina Pliskova unwittingly gave first place to Anett Kontaveit and qualification to Garbine Muguruza at the WTA Finals 2021. The Czech tennis player - who had at least passed the group cut since 2016, the year of her first semifinal in her career in the Master at the end of the year - remedies, yes, a tragic start with Barbora Krejcikova, but still remains out of the top four a Guadalajara.
In short: the Czech cancels six nightmare games (seasoned with a very low percentage of points with the first ball and ten unforced errors) and she recovers disadvantage breaks in the heart of the second set. Needless to say, she grabs all the most important points and seals the success with a double 6-4.
Understandably emptied of the mathematical qualification - and evidently also from the twelve wins in a row in the WTA Tour - the Estonian tennis player takes her breath away on day-5. At the foot of the semifinal. Muguruza, who had lost the direct confrontation with Pliskova and who had needed overtime with Krejcikova, plays a game of extraordinary quality and above all perfectly manages all moments of difficulty.
Needless to say, she sits down on 6-4 6-4 after just over ninety minutes of play (canceling a break point in the final game) and she passes the group cut at the Finals for the second time in her career. She will challenge Paula Badosa.