WTA Finals 2021: Muguruza and Kontaveit got a win

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WTA Finals 2021: Muguruza and Kontaveit got a win

The extraordinary race of Anett Kontaveit, probably the most fit player among the eight Masters of the 2021 WTA Finals in Guadalajara, continues without hitches and interference. The Estonian player slips her twelfth consecutive victory with 24 out of 25 sets won by the US Open, she sweeps Karolina Pliskova off the court in the match that saw the winners of the first day face off and book a place in the semifinals.

The Czech game lasts only half a set. Up to 5-4 we proceed on serve with Kontaveit having to face three break points at 1-1 and nothing more. Called to serve to stay in the set at 4-5, Pliskova slips into the first break of the match where, however, the Estonian merits exceed Karolina's atrocities.

With the first set closed, with the confidence that Kontaveit has at this time of the year, the rest of the match slips away in the blink of an eye. Estonian is perfect on serve and lethal in return. On the other hand, Pliskova is disheartened and makes a couple of messes that cost her the break at the opening of the second set, the second in a row.

It is a hole from which the Czech is no longer able to get out, on the contrary: Kontaveit is ruthless and even seals the practice with a bagel for a set that slightly exceeds 20 minutes in duration. During the night Garbine Muguruza goes to the second match of the group with the Spaniard who won the match against the Czech Krejcikova by comeback.

In the first set she goes on until 2-2, then the ISpaniard gives four consecutive games and consequently the first set. In the second set it is a back and forth of emotions with the break in the eighth game that becomes decisive for the result.

Everything is decided in the third set where both are more continuous and Garbine gets only one break in the third game, a break that allows her to close the match in over two hours of play (two hours and 13 minutes) with the result of 2-6 6-3 6-4.

ATP Finals 2021: here are the groups!

The countdown is getting shorter and shorter, with a few days of waiting for the official opening of the curtain. On Sunday 14 November the Nitto ATP Finals 2021 will definitively begin at the PalaAlpiTour in Turin: a truly prestigious tournament, which will take place in Italy, reserved exclusively for the best eight tennis players in the world in the Race ranking (only the points collected by the players in the current season count).

On Thursday evening, the highly anticipated draw of the two groups took place, which established the pairing for the first part of the competition. The formula has not changed: after a round robin, in which each participant will play three races (the winner gets 2 points; the loser none), the first two of each group will snatch the pass for the next phase, which will consist of a semifinal and then in the final for the awarding of the crown.

Matteo Berrettini is the Italian sure to take part in the prestigious appointment, given that Jannik Sinner will be only the first reserve. The Italian was not very lucky with the assignment of the groups, even if it was particularly difficult to have a favorable draw for the passage of the round, considering the high value of the tennis players at the starting line.

The 25-year-old from Rome avoided the immediate crossing with Novak Djokovic, consequently taking Russian Daniil Medvedev. In addition, the German Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and the Polish Hubert Hurkacz are present in the red group.

Surely, and there was no doubt about this, The Hammer will have to fight hard to get a sensational qualification for the semifinal, given the excellent performances of its rivals on hard courts. He will present himself as the man to beat Nole, fresh from the victory in the Paris-Bercy Master 1000 and eager to get another satisfaction in this splendid 2021 (to be framed).

The Serbian was perhaps a bit of an advantage: with him in the Green Group will be the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (his participation confirmed), the Russian Andrey Rublev and the tough Norwegian Casper Ruud. The groups Green Group: Djokovic, Tsitsipas, Rublev, Ruud Red Group: Medvedev, Zverev, Berrettini, Hurkacz