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Zuhai | Rybarikova topples top seeded Mladenovic

Magdelena Rybarikova, who went down to German Julia Goerges in straight sets at the Hengqing Life WTA Elite Trophy on Tuesday, got over her initial losing slump by outlasting the top seed, Kristina ‘KiKi’ Mladenovic on Wednesday, 7-5 6-1 7-6(5). The Slovakian needed 7 match points to claim her first win in the Azalea Group and with it, she improved her group record to 1-1. Meanwhile, Mladenovic stands at 0-1, and will have to beat Goerges later in the week to have any chance to advance. The WTA Elite Trophy is a round-robin tournament for the top players who failed to...

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Zhuhai | Vandeweghe opens account

When you think the women’s tour is over for the season, the Hengqing Life WTA Elite Trophy incongruously comes hot on the heels of the year-ending championships in which Caroline Wozniacki took final honours and Simona Halep emerged as the year-end World No 1. The Elite Trophy features the top players in the world who did not play the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last week, and, as usual, a field of accomplished veterans, rising talents, and WTA stars form a group of 12 singles players and six doubles teams competing for a prize money purse...

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Singapore | Wozniacki stuns Venus

Caroline Wozniacki won her first true major in Singapore, sweeping aside Venus Williams in straight sets to win the WTA Finals. Eight players, the best of 2017, battled each other for over the week and, at the last, it was the popular Dane who was the last woman standing. The No 6 seed moved past the 5th-seeded Williams, 6-4 6-4, to claim the title at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on Sunday, besting her runner-up finish in 2010. Seven times before, Wozniacki had been trounced by her American opponent, winning just one set in all...

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Singapore | Babos and Hlaváčková take doubles honours

They snatched the glory out of Martina Hingis last hour and came from a set down to take the honours at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the first time. Third-seeded Timea Babos and Andrea Hlaváčková grabbed their fifth trophy of the year with a tight, high-quality 4-6 6-4 [10-5] victory over the unseeded pair of Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson on the final day of the year-ending championships. The Hungarian-Czech teamed up for the first time in May and have been making quite a name for themselves. The Dutch-Swedish duo booked their spot...

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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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