It was a true sports battle. Czech Karolina Pliskova, fourth racket in the world, beat him in an intense match of 2 hours and 26 minutes to the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) in their debut in the WTA Finals.
“I have had a difficult group, of great punchers who this court favors, but I will give my maximum and, whatever happens, I will leave Mexico having given everything, “warned the Iberian, born in Caracas, after the fall.
“I was close, I should have served better. When I went for the match in the” tie break “, I missed a blow for a little, if I had put it, I would have had a match point ball. I mean, I have missed a point that instead of going three centimeters out, he had to have fallen inside “,
“It was painful, it’s a Finals and I would have liked to win. The good news is that on Friday there is a good opportunity; being patient, I have faith that he will fall from my side. With Krejcikova I will go out to win the game “. Muguruza confided.” It is a complicated group, but that is not why I am going to believe that I cannot. I am motivated, I have beaten them all and I will prepare as well as possible for that match. Motivation is not going to be lacking. “
A few hours earlier, the Estonian Annet kontaveit, the eighth player in the world, confirmed her great moment by defeating Czech Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 6-4.
The WTA Finals takes place with a group stage by the free-for-all system, from which the best two will come out to play the semifinals against the first two from the other bracket.
In the group called Chichen Itza, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, second in the WTA ranking, will debut this Thursday against the Spanish Paula Badosa, tenth in the world list, while the Greek María Sakkari, sixth player in the world, will face the Polish Iga Swiatek, ninth.