Muguruza sails into semifinals

Sania-Hingis enter last four

Muguruza sails into semifinals

Garbine Muguruza continued her dream debut at the WTA Finals by completing round robin play with a perfect 3-0 record to advance to the semifinals after a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Petra Kvitova on Friday.

By topping the White Group, the Spaniard set up a showdown against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska while Kvitova (1-2) received a huge boost from her Czech Fed Cup team mate Lucie Safarova (1-2), who beat Angelique Kerber to help her advance.

Germany's Kerber (1-2) only needed to win a set in Friday's second match to move on but the already-eliminated Safarova (1-2) found her best form of the week to blast the German off the court and out of the eight-woman event with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Kerber's loss was Kvitova's gain and the double Wimbledon champion claimed second place in the group courtesy of sets won to book a last four berth against Red Group winner Maria Sharapova.

While her rivals were left scratching their heads and fretting over the various permutations, Muguruza was spared the agony of relying on others by claiming a third straight triumph.

The second match followed a similar pattern to the first as both players struggled in an early exchange that saw Safarova edge ahead by getting the better of three consecutive breaks and she rode the advantage all the way to a one-set lead.

Safarova's serve improved in the second set and she was able to apply pressure on a visibly frustrated Kerber, who was having more success bashing her racket against the ground than she was making clean contact with the ball.

Sania-Martina enter semis
World’s No 1 women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued their rampaging form and extended their winning streak to 20 matches in a row after reaching the semifinals.

Sania and Martina took just 90 minutes to get past the challenge of fourth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-4, 7-5 in their final round-robin match and finish on top of their group.

Sania and Martina will face third seeds, Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan of Chinese Taipei in the semifinals.

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