The semi-finals of the WTA Tournament of Champions has been confirmed after the round-robin stage was completed in Sofia this week.
First seed Caroline Wozniacki and Italian Roberta Vinci join Nadia Petrova and Tsvetana Pironkova in the final four after both took victories on Sunday. The latter pair, already qualified for the semis, play each other on Friday to decide seedings heading into the knock-out stage.
Wozniacki was made to work for her win over Daniela Hantuchova and was in a whisker of losing the match as Hantuchova forced a match point having won the first set 6-3. Yet the Dane defended brilliantly to save the match at 6-5 down in the second set and went on to take the third to finish top of Group Serdika.
Close behind Wozniacki on Thursday was Vinci, who took down Hsieh Su-Wei 6-1 6-2 in just 53 minutes. The Italian was impervious in her serve and benefitted from Hsieh’s wayward shots at times.
“In the second set she played better,” Vinci told reporters. “But I was playing well and focused and I’m happy about my performance and reaching the semi-finals here in Sofia.”
With Wozniacki finishing top of Group Serdika, Petrova and Pironkova will battle it out in Sofia on Friday to earn the right to face Vinci in the semis. The loser will face the former world number one and in-form Wozniacki, although either opponent is a formidable match at the stage of the tournament.