Wozniacki gets 1st win at this year's WTA Finals

Arnold Nichols
October 24, 2018

Wozniacki's previous victory between the pair came at the WTA Finals of 2014, when she overcame her rival, 6-3, 6-3.

The Australian Open champion said her father s on-court tutelage was helpful. The Czech closed out the match on a third match point with an ace.

Svitolina had not triumphed against Kvitova for four years and failed to take a set off the Czech in their previous five meetings but ended that miserable sequence in style, recording a 6-3 6-3 win.

"That was kind of disappointing. there were times when I played really well and I was trying to move her around, but there were also times when I just didn't time the ball perfectly and it didn't go the way I wanted". I had to play quickly and keep moving my feet so I need a massage now.

Both players contributed to this high-quality affair and ended up with positive victor to unforced error ratio, with Wozniacki firing 20 winners to just 17 unforced errors while Pliskova found 22 winners to 21 unforced errors.

Halep's absence lifted Kiki Bertens into the field, the first Dutch woman to be ranked inside the top 10 since Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in 1996. Ukrainian was not considered the favorite of the match, but managed to confound the skeptics.

"So, I mean, you couldn't ask for a harder start, I think". A WTA spokesperson said Svitolina indicated she was feeling light-headed with slight nausea. She earned two break points once more, but this time it was the same old story as Pliskova showed some nerves of steel and narrowly held for a 5-1 lead.

The Ukrainian Svitolina, who beat Kvitova in her opening match, takes on big-serving Czech Pliskova in Tuesday's second match with the victor nearly virtually assured of advancing to the last four.

"She was missing a lot in the first set, but she played much better in the second and I had to really fight for it".

Caroline Wozniacki allayed any fears over her left knee after she required treatment during her WTA Finals victory over Petra Kvitova.

The world number eight stunned Wozniacki with a brilliant first set highlighted by trademark booming ground strokes.

The slew of unforced errors just kept coming in from Wozniacki, even in the second set.

Svitolina said her win was an answer to any suggestions she didn't deserve to play here, having qualified so late for the draw.

"With the recognition part, I do feel a bit different", she told reporters.

"I'm very happy with my season and to finish it off at the WTA Finals is the ultimate prize", said Bertens.

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