Kvitova thrashes Radwanska, Bartoli defeats unmotivated Azarenka

Samantha Stosur win at WTA championships

In the final day of round-robin play at the WTA Championships, we saw three spectacular and dramatically different battles.

In the first math of the day, U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur demolished, Li Na, Roland Garros winner, 6-1 6-0 to qualify for the semi-finals of the year-finale in Istanbul for the second year in a row.

The clash between the two Grand Slam champions was a decider for both players, aspiring to progress to the semi-finals, however, it ended with embarrassing one-sided demolition of Chinese number one, who was ousted from the tournament in just 66 minutes.

“It was a very solid match for me,” said Stosur. “I felt really good out there again and hit lots of winners and moved well,” added the Australian, who will play Petra Kvitova in semi finals.

The second match featured Petra Kvitova, who already qualified for the semi-finals up against Agnieszka Radwanska, who needed to win 1 set to reach semis.

Petra Kvitova win at WTA Championships

And the Poland’s first-ranked player was one step from accomplishing her mission, leading 5-1 in the first set, when Petra Kvitova finally found her winning game, turning the first set in a highly dramatic performance.

The Czech Wimbledon champion demonstrated why she is considered the top hard-hitter of WTA tour, fighting past frustrated Radwanska, 7-6 6-3 and secure top spot in her Group with a 100 percent record.

Radwanska’s straight set loss meant Russia’s Vera Zvonareva advanced to the final four despite winning only one of three matches she played during round-robin stage, when she defeated Caroline Wozniacki.

Zvonareva will now play Victoria Azarenka, holding 6-3 record in their meetings history, and a great chance to reach finals.

In the final match of the day Azarenka played Marion Bartoli, who stepped as alternative, when Maria Sharapova was forced to retire injured.

Marion Bartoli at  WTA Championships

While it was an emotional battle in the first set, with Azarenka taking it 7-5, going up from 0-4, she lost concentration and motivation in the second set, allowing spirited comeback from Bartoli. The French top player fought her way in the second and third set, while Azarenka was showing her coaches and the spectators that she had no interest in playing and at least trying to win.

Marion Bartoli won the match 5-7 6-4 6-4, being encouraged and applauded by the spectators who supported her all the way through the match. In her turn, Azarenka, after he loss, said that she was not playing, but simply training her shots, and getting ready for the semi-final clash.

As regards Bartoli, who recently signed with Lotto, it seems that she has finally returned to her winning ways, and would be the red-hot favorite to win Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions which starts next week at the Bali.

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