One set would do for Garbine Muguruza to advance to the semi-finals in Singapore and it was the Spaniard who got the first break through against Petra Kvitova in their first ever meeting on the tour for a 3-2 lead but was quickly broken back by two time Wimbledon champion to level the set at 3-3! A third break of serve in a row to give Muguruza a 4-3 lead which became 5-3 and one game from the semi-finals in Singapore! She served it out without a point dropped on serve which brought out a little smile from the Spaniard who no matter what is through to the semi-finals in Singapore not only the singles but the doubles as well!
Everything seemed to be going the way of the Spaniard who quickly saw break points after a lucky net cord changed the speed of the ball and a double fault from Kvitova sealed the break to give Muguruza a 1-0 lead which quickly went for the Spaniard as Kvitova broke back. 3 games in a row for Kvitova from 1-0 down as she broke again to take a 3-1 lead however just as you thought Kvitova might just have found some momentum the Spaniard struck back to break for 2-3 with the set back on serve. 6 games, 5 breaks of serve with Kvitova taking a 4-2 lead but could she consolidate the break?
More break points and another break of serve after a volley into the net from Kvitova with Muguruza trailing 3-4 despite not holding serve in the second set. A hold of serve for Muguruza to level the set at 4-4 and in the next game Muguruza stumbled on her right ankle but thankfully was ok to continue! A good return from Muguruza forced the error from Kvitova to set up a break point for the Spaniard which was saved but then put a volley wide at the net which would have set up another set point but in fact game point for Kvitova! Another volley at the net error from Muguruza which would have set up break point but against game point for Kvitova who held serve with a stunning forehand passing shot with a little bit of help from the net cord to take a 5-4 lead.
Those two volley errors in the last game from Muguruza started to look costly as she found herself two set points down and a forehand into the net on the second one sealed what was an up and down set between the two with Kvitova taking it 6-4 to force a deciding set.
A bit of a worry for Muguruza at the start of the set as she seemed to pull up on the first point of the set, could be related to that stumble in the second set?
Kvitova had to save a break point at the start of the set and then broke herself to take a 2-0 lead but again just couldn’t find that breakthrough and Muguruza again broke back to level at two each. The set continued to go on and on however it was won at the last moment possible to break Kvitova as Muguruza took the match 6-4 4-6 7-5 to progress to the semi-finals with a 100% record!