WTA Finals Singapore 2017, Day 6 Review & SF Preview: Pliskova vs. Wozniacki, Williams vs. Garcia

Friday was the last day of round robin action from the 2017 WTA Finals. The first match of the day saw another spirited comeback from Caroline Garcia, winning the last four games from 3-5 down in the third set (again!) and serving her way out of a *0-40 hole at *5-5 to beat Caroline Wozniacki, 0-6 6-3 7-5. Wozniacki missed a few backhands into the net, while Garcia found some lines on big points. Garcia’s run through Asia has been simply sensational.

Two points away from losing the match, this was one of the best points of the tournament as Garcia turned defence into attack.

That smile ☺️

Wozniacki had held 19 consecutive service games up to 6-0 2-2 in the second set when Garcia then broke Wozniacki’s serve for the first time this week and three times in a row. While not affecting the outcome of qualification for Wozniacki, a shame for the Dane not to have pulled out the win having served for the match at *5-4 in the third set. Onwards and upwards to the semi-finals…

In the final round robin match of the tournament, Elina Svitolina won her first match of the week with a 6-3 6-4 win over Simona Halep. Halep tried to be positive and got into some good positions, but struggled to put a chasing-and-racing Svitolina away. Halep mentioned the court in her press conference and her inability to hit winners on it.

Svitolina looked the more relaxed of the pair and overall played a decent match. A good end to the year and I really think she will keep improving in 2018. For Halep, she just couldn’t find her game and looked so frustrated. It’s the third year in a row where she has won her first match in straight sets in Singapore and then lost the next two to miss out on qualifying for the semi-finals. It’s been an emotional year – rest up, Simona!

In the second of the doubles semi-final, Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson will play Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. Bertens and Larsson caused the first upset of the week with a win over the number four seeds, Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua, while Makarova and Vesnina dropped just two games in a 59 minute rout of Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yi-Fan.

The doubles semi-finals will be played on Super Saturday with Chan Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis up against Andrea Hlavackova and Timea Babos at not before 1:30pm.

The first of the singles semi-finals will be at not before 4pm between Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki. The pair have played five times this year (click on the links for details of all five matches):

Both players won their first two matches in Singapore comfortably before losing their third round robin match having known they had already qualified for the semi-finals. I think today’s loss for Wozniacki will have been a bit of a confidence crusher but Garcia did play lights out at the end. Pliskova has been too good in her three wins, but on this court and with Wozniacki having played so well through much of Asia, i’d be more inclined to pick the Dane.

The second of the semi-finals at not before 7:30pm will be between Venus Williams and Caroline Garcia. I’m pleased that Garcia eventually qualified as it would have been so rough for her not to have made the last four after two stirring three set wins over Svitolina and Wozniacki back-to-back. I think these two have been the best stories of the tournament so it’s neat one of them will make the final.

In their only previous encounters, the pair split matches in Wuhan and Beijing back in 2014 – Garcia won a cracking match at the former in a third set tiebreak, while Williams won in straights in Beijing. Both have fought magnificently during this tournament. It’s a different kind of match-up to the last three for Garcia, but I kind of think her confidence and momentum might pull her through. I could see it going either way 😂.

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10 thoughts on “WTA Finals Singapore 2017, Day 6 Review & SF Preview: Pliskova vs. Wozniacki, Williams vs. Garcia

  1. Year end no.1 for Garbine I think is a fair result . Hope she has a good holiday’s rest, next year is going to be crunch time to maintain. Simona, don’t know what to say, but one of these days she is not going to be denied these pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Hope she goes on a tear, with furious anger and takes everything and everyone in her path willy-nilly…one day soon.

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      • Haha, that’s true. Serena has me spoiled by the quality of her year end ranking. It’s Pliskova’s fans who might be on edge now, talk about snatching it at the very last second.

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    • Muguruza is 40 ranking points behind Halep in the live rankings with no way of closing that gap. The only way Halep loses #1 is if Pliskova wins the title this week.
      BT sport commentators announced Venus has a shot too but she doesnt…

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      • Spot on, I checked the live rankings like you said and indeed a Pliskova win is the only way to dethrone Halep. I guess that is why she was and has been still all smiles.

        I feel the ranking points should either end with the regular tour or maybe apply these points to next year or something of the sort. It’s the way the round robin works, it irks me. Imagine applying the robin rules to the season’s tour, a surprising number one may result. They should provide a huge monetary incentive( slam level) instead with maybe, say a pass for 1 premier mandatory event that gives no penalties if you miss it.
        Ahh well just my ramblings.

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      • “I feel the ranking points should either end with the regular tour or maybe apply these points to next year or something of the sort.”

        I agree with let’splay. It seems almost perverse to me that you take the eight players who’ve scored the most points in the season just gone and … give them more points! The same with Zhuhai. Make it a cash prize by all means in each tournament though.

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  2. I am curious about the WTA Final format this year…Woz is the winner of her group. And why would she play Pliskova, a winner of her group? Am I missing something?

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    • Actually, Caro Garcia ended up as winner.

      Since Woz and Garcia were both 2-1, Garcia won the group because she won the match between her and Woz.

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      • Yeah they look at the H2H though Wozniacki won more sets than Garcia. For me, this is what WTA wants. If they play Woz with Vee, Woz will get hammered out easily by Vee. WTA is a shitfest organization.

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