Spain’s Garbine Muguruza secured her spot in the semifinals at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday as she defeated Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-4, 6-4.
Kontaveit had won her previous 12 matches heading into her final round-robin match against Muguruza, and she had already booked her spot in the semifinals.
“I have been improving and found myself, today I knew that it was a must-win match and went out to get it,” said Muguruza. “I had to end Anett's streak, she was like invincible in the tour and fortunately I did it.”
Muguruza has not reached the semifinals of the end-of-the-year championships since 2015, and claimed the second of two semifinal spots from her group. The players at the WTA Finals are sorted into two groups, with the top two players in each group after round-robin play advancing to the final four.
In the other group, Paula Badosa of Spain currently sits in first after winning her first two matches in round-robin action. Greece’s Maria Sakkari & Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka sit at 1-1, while Poland’s Iga Swiatek is 0-2.
Badosa will play Swiatek, and Sakkari plays Sabalenka in the final round-robin matches on Monday.
The semifinals are set for Tuesday, and the finals on Wednesday.