Sharapova wins, but falls short of Singapore semis
Maria Sharapova scored a 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 win.
Singapore (SportsNetwork.com) -
Maria Sharapova won her last round-robin match Friday at the WTA Finals, but it was not enough to give her a berth in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament.
Sharapova needed a straight-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska for a chance to advance, but Radwanska managed to pull out a set as the Russian came away with a 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 triumph.
Caroline Wozniacki then claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Petra Kvitova in the final White Group match on Friday. The Dane finished 3-0 in round-robin play.
Radwanska, Sharapova and Kvitova all finished 1-2 in the group, but Radwanska advanced to the semifinals because she won one more set than the other two. The Pole can thank her good friend Wozniacki, as a victory by Kvitova in the last White Group match would have instead sent Kvitova into the semis.
By Scott Riley, Tennis Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Puerto Rico's Monica Puig was not one of this week's eight combatants at the prestigious WTA Finals, but that didn't keep her from coming away from Singapore as one of the big winners at the season-ending extravaganza.
The 61st-ranked 21-year-old, who reached a career-high No. 41 back in May, was never in contention for the Finals, obviously, but the promising Puerto Rican did manage to earn herself a trip to Singapore by virtue of her popularity and an innovative event that the WTA hopes will bring attention to the game's next generation of starlets.