Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Caroline Garcia bounces back in WTA Finals

Caroline Garcia bounces back in WTA Finals

She continued to be the aggressor but the Dane held on in the face of some brutal hitting for her opponent and somehow forged her second break of the set with some exquisite deep hitting to move within one game of taking the opener.

Garcia said her loss on Friday to Simona Halep took a lot out of her. The already qualified Wozniacki is in the final four.

The 27-year-old former world number one entered the contest having lost to the evergreen Williams seven times in as many matches but the resilient Dane served and retrieved brilliantly and emerged with a deserved victory after 89 minutes.

It was Frenchwoman's first victory from three attempts against Wozniacki in the pair's first clash since 2015.

"It's a good feeling that it's over because it's been like a marathon the last months, with many things happening and also a bit of pressure", Halep, who was thrashed by Caroline Wozniacki after beating Caroline Garcia earlier this week, told reporters.

Instead, the world No. 1 went down 6-3, 6-4 to world No. 4 Svitolina in 71 minutes, and exited the prestigious US$7 million (S$9.6m) season-ending tournament at the group stage for the third time in four years.

Saturday's semi-final line-up sees Garcia take on American veteran Venus Williams and Wozniacki square off with Czech third seed Pliskova.

Garcia had won nine of her last 10 three-set matches but was struggling to grab any sort of foothold in Williams' service games and the American shifted up a gear to grab the only break she needed in the eighth game and served it out for the win.

"I felt really proud of myself that Roger Federer could talk about me like that", Halep said. "You stay like stressed all week".

After trading breaks twice with Pliskova, Wozniacki blew a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak, before eventually claiming it. "You know, she's obviously a great champion and a great player", Wozniacki said.

Halep said she had started to feel the effects of a long season and looked forward to a breather.

"Today, I just felt 100 per cent that the court was not for me, and I couldn't finish a point, so it was a bit tough to find a rhythm and also to make a victor".

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