Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Wozniacki reaches semis — WTA Finals

Singapore: Wednesday's Order of Play Wozniacki steamrolls World No.1 Halep
Elias Hubbard | 26 October, 2017, 01:09

The result ensures Garcia, Halep and Svitolina all remain in contention to join Wozniacki in the semi-finals. The score has been hooked up to 2-2, before Wozniacki does not align ten straight games. Halep's forehand looked impressive early on and she looked on course to get on the scoreboard, but a pivotal net cord victor at 0-1 30-30 by the Dane earned her a break point, which she converted after the Romanian sent a drive volley straight into the net. "I made too many mistakes and she just didn't miss", Halep told reporters.

Halep had looked in fine form in her win over Garcia but could not find her rhythm against Wozniacki, who raced through the first set in just 24 minutes.

Garcia, making her WTA Finals debut, was broken twice in each set.

The second was more competitive but Halep struggled to contain both the brilliance of her opponent and her own negativity and succumbed rather meekly.

Elina Svitolina is coming off a three sets loss to Caroline Garcia that took 34 games to decide. On the other side, Svitolina has nothing to brag about after her mediocre tennis display from the previous round.

Halep will hope to advance with a win over Svitolina on Friday, while Garcia faces the unenviable task of taking on Wozniacki with the world number eight needing a victory to stand any chance of reaching the last four. "She was serving very well in the last set up until 5-3 and then I got a look at her second serve", she said.

The night belonged to the two debutants in a see-saw battle of wills in the second match. Svitolina has lost four of her last five matches on hard court. The most recent match was in this years Canadian Masters, a match Svitolina won in 14 games.

In obvious contrast, Garcia latched back on to the self-belief she had in her run up to the tournament - two big wins on her side, and there was of course no shame to losing to the World No. 1 in her opening round. "Caroline played really, really good". Svitolina has been a shell of herself in her first two matches and may not be 100 percent healthy. All those things went wild once she put her feet on Asian soil. Garcia seemed to fell the game against Halep, but some unforced errors shifted the momentum.

I like Halep here.

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