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Sigapore | Venus fights back to claim final slot

Venus Williams proved yet again that she is still a force to be reckoned with when she overcame Caroline Garcia in three sets to secure her spot in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The oldest player in the eight-woman draw, Venus overturned the loss of a marathon opening set to secure her victory, 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3, in a shade under two and a half hours play. The win puts the 37-year-old in Sunday’s final against 27-year-old Caroline Wozniacki, meaning the two oldest players in the field have made it into the...

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Singapore | Wozniacki wins through to final

Caroline Wozniacki proved yet again what an extraordinary competitor she is on a tennis court by beating Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6(9) 6-3 on Saturday evening in Singapore. The win earned the Dane a place in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. It took nerves of steel in a see-saw match against the year’s best server on the WTA Tour, but Wozniacki was up to the task and strung enough together to pull off the victory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The world No 6 is making a return to the final of...

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Singapore | Svitolina sends Halep home

The World No 1 met her match on Day 6 of BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and crashed out of the tournament. Elina Svitolina shocked Simona Halep on Friday in straight sets, handing her friend, Caroline Garcia, a place in the semi finals on Saturday. Svitolina, the World No 4 from Ukraine, was already eliminated after losing her first two matches but she took Halep down with her as she won 6-3 6-4 in 71 minutes. Halep needed a victory to keep her campaign alive but the Romanian struggled to click into gear against a...

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Singapore | Garcia wins thriller

The dark horse, a late-comer to the WTA Finals, pulled off a thrilling win over Caroline Wozniacki to keep her hopes alive of qualifying for the semi-final knockout stage of the competition. The other Caroline, France’s Garcia, was one game from defeat in her last two matches and on Day 6 she seemed down and out after a first-set whitewash at the hands of the Dane, who had dropped just four games in Singapore in her previous two outings. Garcia, however, kept her hopes alive with a stunning fightback in their final round-robin match in the Red Group of...

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Singapore | Venus snatches semi-final spot

The Thursday evening session opened with a match between World No 2 Garbiñe Muguruza and Venus Williams, the 5th seed, to determine the second semi-finalist from the White Group at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Williams was forced to play flat out to oust Jelena Ostapenko earlier in the week, a player who was still in nappies at two years old when the American made her season-ending debut. While she said little about the scrap later, Venus clearly kicked her champion’s mentality into gear and showed her gritty determination to win, aged 37 and the tour...

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Singapore | Ostapenko stuns Pliskova

A young woman from Latvia threw a cat amongst the pigeons on Thursday in Singapore when she took out a player who looked to be a shoe-in for the title. Jelena Ostapenko leaves the season-ending championships having gained valuable experience and recognition for the remarkable player that she is. She had lost her two previous encounters in the White Group, the first to Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets but she grabbed a set off Venus Williams before being downed in what was probably the match of the tournament. On the afternoon of Day 5, she then emphatically took out...

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Singapore | Hingis announces her retirement

Martina Hingis announced her retirement from the pro tour following the conclusion of the WTA Finals in Singapore after an incredibly successful career. The 37-year-old Swiss revealed the news at the WTA Finals in Singapore, where she is playing in the doubles event with partner Chan Yung-jan. Quoted on srf.ch, Hingis said: “It’s the right time for me. It’s better to stop at the peak and I can say I had a very good time. “The successes I’ve had over the past three years have been great and it’s going to be hard to beat anyway. And my priorities...

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Singapore | Wozniacki blitzes Halep – Garcia edges Svitolina

Caroline Wozniacki went into her Day 4 match holding the edge over Simona Halep, having won three of their five matches and took three minutes over the hour to extend her record to four. While the former World No1 prevailed in Dubai in 2012, Stuttgart in 2015 and Eastbourne earlier this year, the current World No1 had won at New Haven in 2013 and Dubai two years later. Rather like Garbiñe Muguruza the day before, Halep didn’t really turn up and was a shadow of the player who opened proceedings in the Red Group on Monday. The Dane had...

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Singapore | Venus rises to the occasion – Pliskova trounces Muguruza

Venus Williams prevailed over Jelena Ostapenko, 7-5 6-7(3) 7-5, in one of the longest three-set matches ever played at the WTA Finals. It took her 3 hours and 13 minutes to finish the job on Tuesday, making it the second-longest match at the finals in Singapore and the third-longest at the finals overall. The only ones longer were a 3 hour and 29-minute match between Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani in Turkey in 2012, and an encounter between Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova here in 2014 that lasted 3 hours and 14 minutes. In a see-saw battle from the...

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Singapore | Halep and Wozniacki get off to positive starts

Nobody expected to see Caroline Garcia in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, least of all herself. The Frenchwoman pulled off a stunning double by winning Wuhan and Beijing back-to-back and was on an 11-match winning streak, thus finding herself among the elite 8 competing for the year-end honours. Playing in the Red Group, the big-hitter faced the current World No 1, Simona Halep, whom she beat in Beijing a few weeks ago. Halep got the monkey off her back when she finally got her hands on the top ranking after several frustrated attempts, thwarted in Paris...

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