WTA Finals: Wozniacki reaches semis

Caroline Garcia won a marathon match against Elina Svitolina, prevailing 6-7 (7) 6-3 7-5 after two hours and 44 minutes.

Caroline Wozniacki booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with another thumping win while Caroline Garcia staged a great comeback to keep her hopes alive.

Garcia, therefore, has not been able to replicate his feat in the final of the tournament in Beijing at the beginning of October, where she beat Halep, who was then not yet officially no. 1 in the world, in three sets. Svitolina looked much better in her second match than she did in her loss to Caroline Wozniacki, but she still struggled mightily with her second serve and won just 54 percent of her total service points.

"Today was a bad day for me", Svitolina said.

Also, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, the 2010 runner-up, never surrendered in beating Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-2, 6-0 for the first time in four matchups.

Halep had been as much a spectator as the stunned crowd packed into the Singapore Indoor Stadium and although she tried to rouse herself after getting to 30-30 in the first game of the second set, Wozniacki held firm for a 1-0 lead. "My dad came over and I don't know what we talked about". The Dane's serve continued to look untouchable, and she started to play some world-class selective aggressive tennis, having lost just six points on her serve in five games. "Also I did some good shots, good points, and I missed too many to win a match".

"I think I played really well", Wozniacki told reporters after her ruthless dismantling of Halep.

"Every time I go on court, I just want to be better than I have been two days ago or one day ago".

Svitolina and Garcia's match lasted more than twice as long as the one that preceded it and was the second dramatic encounter between the pair this month. "I think that kind of motivates me to just start off strong and go for it. I was happy with that". "It was very hard, a lot of emotion, some up and down, but at the end I could control myself better than she did". Her biggest failure of the season remains in Grand Slams where she lacked inspiration, especially in that quarterfinal at the French Open when she allowed Halep to bounce back from the deep hole she had entered.

  • Steve Townsend