WTA Finals 2021 SF Scenarios for Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Anett Kontaveit, and Barbora Krejcikova

Published 11/12/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 10, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova shakes hands with Spain’s Garbine Muguruza after winning her group stage match REUTERS/Henry Romero


As a result of their incredible runs, the eight best women’s tennis players of the 2021 season qualified for the Akron WTA Finals. They are Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova, Maria Sakkari, Iga Swiatek, Garbine Muguruza, Paula Badosa, and Anett Kontaveit. Accordingly, the competitors are divided into two groups, Chichen-Itza and Teotihuacan, and will compete in a round-robin format. The top two players in both these groups will play the semifinals in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Interestingly, the semifinals scenarios for the Teotihuacan group are out now and in favor of Kontaveit and Pliskova. Conversely, Muguruza and Krejcikova are on the brink of elimination from the season-ending finale.

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At first, both Kontaveit and Pliskova registered their first wins against Krejcikova and Muguruza, respectively. Thus, they have an open chance to confirm their semifinal seat in the next match.

Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 10, 2021 Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in action during her group stage match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova REUTERS/Henry Romero

WTA Finals 2021 semifinals scenario for Teotihuacan group

Indeed, all the players in the WTA Finals have deserved their spot in the tournament. However, coming through as a winner amongst winners is a unique challenge.

What’s more, the winners Kontaveit and Pliskova will lock horns in the second match. Correspondingly, Krejcikova and Muguruza will fight for their first win in the finale.

Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 10, 2021 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her group stage match against Czech Republic’s Karolína Pliskova REUTERS/Henry Romero

As per the scenario, the late-bloomer Kontaveit will confirm a semifinal spot if she wins against Pliskova in straight sets. Additionally, she will also make it into the top four if she and Krejcikova both win. But in this case, the Spaniard Muguruza would get eliminated.

Similarly, if former World No.1’s Pliskova and Muguruza win, the reigning French Open champion Krejcikova would get eliminated. Moreover, Krejcikova would also get eliminated if she loses in straight sets despite Pliskova not winning.

Therefore, the coming-up matches would play a deciding role in the event. Let’s see who gets ahead and solidifies the semifinals spot first in Mexico.

Standings of WTA Finals Chichen-Itza group

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On the other side, Spain’s Badosa and Greece’s Sakkari lead the Chichen-Itza WTA Finals singles group. Hence, both Pole’s Swiatek and Belarus’s Sabalenka will have to fight hard to survive in the finale.

Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Centro Panamericano de Tenis, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 11, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her group stage match against Spain’s Paula Badosa REUTERS/Henry Romero

All in all, the WTA Finals has been all that fans hoped from the event so far. From here on, the quality of tennis would rise as the qualification scenario tightens up. So, brace yourself for some high-quality tennis in the coming few days.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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