Caroline Garcia digs deep to find winning formula once more — WTA Finals


Dictating play with her aggressive style of tennis, the American fended off the inspired performance of the Frenchwoman, ultimately triumphing with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 scoreline after two hours and 32 minutes of play.

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. Wozniacki was a year-end finalist in 2010. Finally, she started to make a couple of mistakes and I kept the intensity up, kept trying to find a way.

"It feels great to be in the final and I have been playing some great tennis this week".

Former world number one Wozniacki saw huge success on her serve on the slow surface in Singapore, ending with a tournament-leading 21 aces. "Nothing is easy and to be standing in the winner's circle, almost, is so fantastic".

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"Well, Venus, I have had a tough match-up against her in the past, but I haven't played her in a while", said Wozniacki, who last played the American at the 2015 Miami Open.

This was the 3rd meeting between these two and it was a very competitive match, maybe not the best in terms of quality but the crowd could really enjoy from start to finish.

The third-ranked Pliskova's loss is good news for Simona Halep, who will retain the No. 1 ranking through to next year.

The Romanian first moved top of the rankings during the China Open at the beginning of October and was assured of her position when closest challenger Karolina Pliskova lost to Wozniacki in Saturday's semi-finals.

The wiry Pliskova led 5-3 in the first set and had three set points in the tenth game. French girl won the grueling first set that lasted more than hour but Venus found the strength to make a comeback, saving 3 break points in each of the last 2 sets to keep the pressure on her rival, breaking Garcia 3 times in total to prevail and book the place in the final, her 3rd of the season after the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Williams then won four straight games but Wozniacki, 27, converted her second Championship point to beat the American for the first time. "I just want it to be, like, you lose, you go home".

"I think I improved a lot in myself and also in my game".

Halep fought back in the second set with an early break but she was broken straight back and her head dropped when Svitolina claimed what turned out to be the decisive break in game seven. Garcia had expected the rallies to be long, but it looked as though Williams was stretching out a few sore muscles at the start f the match, and the rallies because shorter as she picked up the aggression.