With her serve on point, third seed Karolina Pliskova needed just 62 minutes to beat second seed Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-2 and book a place in the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global semifinals.
Pliskova confidently marched through the first set, getting 70% of first serves in and winning 100% of points on second serve (7 out of 7). Moreover, the Czech saved the sole break point she faced and won 71% of points on Muguruza’s second serve. The second set was similarly good for Pliskova and even though she wasted three match points at 5-1 and suffered a break in the following game, she held at love in the eighth game, converting her fourth match point.
After Venus Williams’ three-set triumph over Jelena Ostapenko earlier today, Karolina Pliskova’s straight-set win means that the Czech has ensured a leading position in the White Group and will play the second qualifier from the Red Group in the semifinals. On the other hand, Pliskova’s solid victory eliminates Ostapenko from qualifying contention, as the Latvian has lost her two round-robin matches, to Garbine Muguruza on Sunday and today to Williams.