Osaka drawn in tough group in WTA Finals debut

Osaka drawn in tough group in WTA Finals debut

Osaka drawn in tough group in WTA Finals debut

Both players were defeated in their opening matches in Singapore on Sunday, so they needed a victory in their group to be able to advance further in the tournament. The Czech closed out the match on a third match point with an ace. "So it's always very positive, always gives me extra confidence to beat a player like this", said Pliskova, the seventh seed. The Dane was extremely tight on break points and Pliskova was completely calm and nerveless - a crucial factor which could have turned the tables on either player today.

"I don't know what is wrong with me, but, you know, it's the end of the season", she said.

"Until the next match, I can really enjoy this win". But she was broken twice more in the first set to fall behind.

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

Williams, who played in only seven events this year, three of them Grand Slams, has not been to the season finale since winning it in 2014, when it was first staged in Singapore.

"I'm just not feeling good", said Svitolina after returning. "But I also think it's a really good thing, because if you happen to lose a match, it doesn't automatically mean you're out of the tournament", Osaka added. In the second game the Ukrainian continued to methodically provoke Kvitova on unforced errors.

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Later at the press conference, when asked about her 10 saved break points, Pliskova grinned and said: "10 of 10, I know".

Wozniacki rode the momentum from winning last year's WTA Finals into the start of 2018, capturing a long-awaited maiden major title at the Australian Open, and ended the regular season on a high note with a second China Open crown to head into Singapore as the second seed.

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. "I'm going to get some treatment", she told reporters.

"Actually, I was thinking how long we are playing this game?" "We were both I think a little bit struggling with our nerves".

Kvitova was a break down at 4-2 after putting a forehand wide and the 2011 champion was beaten when she looped a forehand into the tramlines at full stretch after Svitolina blasted a fierce serve down the tee. "I can say I see some players that have a bigger chance, actually Wozniacki because she won a year ago and I think the court suits her".

Kvitova's trademark firepower moved Svitolina around the hard court but the Ukrainian's defence was up to the task.

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