Ranked Halep crashes out of WTA Finals

TennisOctober 26 2017 12:00pm The Times If players can barely be bothered with the post-season why should fans?newStuart Fraser Tennis Writer

Williams holds a 7-0 winning career record over 27-year-old Wozniacki and has only lost one of 15 sets they've played.

Williams was trying to get to the net at every opportunity and came forward to good effect in the next game, with a vicious cross-court backhand enabling her to break back immediately on her way to leveling the score at 3-3.

Former World No.1 Wozniacki stepped on the gas early in the second set, breaking in the opening game and cruising into a 5-0 lead, but 10-time Grand Slam champion Williams was not going down without a fight, winning four games on the bounce to put the pressure on.

Venus Williams, the oldest woman on the WTA tennis tour will bid for her first title of the season on Sunday, when she meets Caroline Wozniacki, ten years younger, in the WTA finals in Singapore. The Czech had to win the WTA Finals title to pass Halep.

"I can say I had two hard moments this year; one at the beginning of the year when I was injured about three months, I couldn't play, and then I came back stronger", she said.

It is a different era as compared to the 2000s, but yet, the legendary Venus Williams keeps rocking it after her two Grand Slam final appearances this year as she reaches the final of the 2017 WTA Finals with a thrilling win over the 24-year-old Caroline Garcia in three tough sets, returning to the final after a nine-year absence.

"I just felt 100 percent that the court is not for me and I can not finish a point", the Romanian said.

Williams and Garcia had split two matches in 2014 but Garcia has improved nearly beyond recognition this season to claim back-to-back titles in China and climb to a career-high world number eight in the rankings. Finally, she started to make a couple of mistakes and I kept the intensity up, kept trying to find a way.

Her one-sided track record against Wozniacki aside, the American will still need to produce her best game today, given the form her world No. 6 opponent has shown in Singapore.

World number one Simona Halep is adamant a disappointing WTA Finals campaign has not dented her confidence, maintaining Friday that she was an "improved" player. "I haven't played her in a long time". "I think in the second and third (sets) I was able to figure it out a little more", she told reporters after the match.

"She has had an unbelievable season this year with two finals in grand slams".

"And of course the final in French Open, I was really disappointed and very sad about that match".

"I started thinking I should have lost this set already, so actually this is just a bonus. At 6-all I was ready to just kill myself!"

"I think it's been an awesome journey and unbelievable career that I can be proud of", the 37-year-old Hingis said. Still, she had a few more set points and I managed to win that first set.


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