By Fox News Radio’s Alex Quigley
It took more than three hours, but Garbiñe Muguruza finally made history at the 2017 WTA Finals.
The Spanish left-hander defeated American Madison Keys 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the Round-Robin match at Singapore’s Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday night to claim the last slot in the WTA Finals field.
Muguruza, 23, becomes the first Spanish player to reach the Finals, an event that joins the Ballon d’Or as the only two major tennis tournaments sanctioned by the WTA that are not played on hard courts.
Golfer Rory McIlroy celebrated the development, and his medal for winning the European Tour’s Volvo Golf Champions, tweeting, “Overturned by Garbiñe Muguruza making history!!!! Congrats Garbi! Ao ozza Madrid!”
Thanks to the Singapore Indoor Stadium for all their support tonight. #SweetestMoment pic.twitter.com/vxNkB4EgVc — Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) August 8, 2017
Muguruza was the 13th seed to qualify for the Playoffs, and after coming off a seven-month break between tournaments, she returned to the Tour earlier this year and won her fifth tournament in Vina del Mar. She was still ranked fifth in the world at the end of July.
So far, third-seeded Simona Halep has claimed one of the four spots in the WTA Finals. But, her quarterfinal match is on Wednesday, meaning the field is pretty much set. Currently, 12th-seeded Petra Kvitova is the other semi-finalist.
The two finalists will finish the year ranked in the top-10 of the WTA Rankings.