Tired Muguruza seals second semi-final spot at WTA Finals
By Patrick Johnston
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Debutant Garbine Muguruza made it three straight singles wins at the WTA Finals on Friday but the Spanish world number three was anything but storming through to the semi-finals after conceding an exhaustive schedule was taking its toll.
The Spaniard is also playing the doubles in Singapore with compatriot Carla Suarez Navarro and spent what should have been her rest day on Thursday battling past Taiwanese pair Chan Yung-jan and Chan Hao-ching to make the last four of that event.
The extra drain was clearly visible on the Venezuelan-born Muguruza but she showed great fight to edge double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4 4-6 7-5 to set up a last four clash with Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday.
"Well, for sure I'm tired today," Muguruza told reporters.
"It's going to a challenge for me to see how much my body can handle, because now I don't have a day off.
"It's great to be in my position, to be playing singles and doubles semi-finals, but it's going to be hard.
"I have to recover well and do everything possible to be ready for both matches."
The 22-year-old became the first debutant since Kvitova, who will play Maria Sharapova in the last four despite defeat, to win all three round robin matches at the elite eight woman end-of-season championships. The Czech achieved the feat in 2011. Continued...