Former world number one Garbine Muguruza battled past second seed Anastasija Sevastova to clinch a place in the semi-finals of the WTA Elite Trophy in China on Friday.
The two-time grand slam winner from Spain won her final round-robin match – effectively a playoff for a semi-final spot 6-7, 6-2, 7-6.
Sevstova, 22 from Latvia, took a nip-and-tuck first set in Zhuhai after a tie-break, but Muguruza, also 22, comfortably won the second.
The decider was a thriller for the fans at the Hengqin International Tennis Center, who witnessed some nailbiting tennis as the players fought toe-to-toe.
But world number 17 Muguruza took control in the final tie-break, shots to win it 7-1 after over two hours and 45 minutes on the court.
She joins Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Germany’s Julia Goerges in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina and Wang Qiang could all still qualify from the last all still qualify from the last group.
From Online Sources