It’s day four of the WTA Finals in Singapore and the top prize of $1,750,000 on the $90,000,000 cake (Prize money that the final 8 WTA players have accrued this year) gets ever closer, let’s take a look at the action so far.
Muguruza had suffered an ankle injury prior to the event but showed herself to be in at least decent shape in losing to the on fire Pliskova 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5. Albeit with a bit of a shocker losing from 5-2, double break and match point up in the 3rd…! Karolina added 14 aces in victory to take her to a phenomenal running tally of 522 for the year. She’s proving to have a genuine shot at the title
Romanian Simona Halep was simply too good vs Madison Keys. Keys claimed she was ill last week, which makes sense as she didn’t play anywhere near the required level in losing (6-2 6-4). She bounced back nicely though to beat Cibby in straights (6-1 6-4) and keep the American dream alive.
Cibulkova looked to have all the momentum when coming back at Kerber on Sunday. But Angie’s greatest strength, arguably, is being at her most comfortable when her opponent is throwing the kitchen sink at her. The two-time Grand Slam champ and world no.1 prevailed 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3 and then yesterday swept Halep aside in a comfortable straight sets win. Simona summed it all up nicely “When someone’s the first player of the world, that says it all.”
The minefield of initial set permutations is coming to a close now and we’re tempted to have a punt on Garbine at 20 to 1. Seems like a long price; if fit and focused she can be unplayable and surely as a Slam winner she will learn from the Pliskova meltdown, rather than fade away.
If she can beat Radwanska tonight, as she must to qualify, in what always promises to be an intriguing attack vs defence match up and take that confidence forward then Muguruza’s firepower could well take her all the way.