Svetlana Kuznetsova has set new record after becoming the first player to reach the last four of the WTA Finals following victory over Karolina Pliskova in Singapore.
Kuznetsova, 31, beat Czech Pliskova 3-6 6-2 7-6 (8-6) but her semi-final spot was sealed by Agnieszka Radwanska’s 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 win over Garbine Muguruza.
Early defeat at the group stage eliminated Spain’s Muguruza from the tournament.
It is also expected that the winner of Polish defending champion Radwanska’s final White Group match with Pliskova will also go through.
Both Kuznetsova and Pliskova served for the match in the third set, before Kuznetsova converted her fourth match point,
The 31-year-old told BBC Sport that “I felt the support of the crowd and I couldn’t let anyone down. I had to fight,” she said.
On Monday during her game, Kuznetsova took a bold and significant step in securing victory against Radwanska, after cutting her own hair during a changeover because she said it was affecting her play.