Happy Halloween! Kvitova back from the dead to make final

Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:15am EDT
 
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - It proved a happy Halloween for Czech Petra Kvitova after she made the most of coming back from the dead to set up a title-match showdown with Agnieszka Radwanksa at the WTA Finals.

The double Wimbledon champion was reflecting on her year, believing her singles season was over, after losing to Garbine Muguruza in her final round-robin match on Friday, only for Lucie Safarova to beat Angelique Kerber in straight sets and send Kvitova through.

The world number five made the most of the unlikely semi-final chance as she produced her best display of the week to beat Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-3 7-6(3) at the Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

"It's very weird, I have to say. Yesterday I was talking about my season, and it's still not over yet," Kvitova told reporters.

"But I'm happy for that for sure. I mean, I couldn't really believe that I going to play semi-final, now I'm in the final, which is very interesting.

"I'm really looking forward (to it). I think Aga is kind of in the same situation, so it's going to be interesting."

Radwanska also needed a favor to make the semi-finals after two opening defeats, but, like Kvitova, she overcame an opponent in Muguruza who had won all three group matches.

It means whoever wins Sunday's showdown will be the first to lift the title with a 1-2 group-stage record. The round robin was introduced in 2003.   Continued...

 
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles semi-finals tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su