On a day of blowouts at the Singapore WTA Finals, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki destroyed Elina Svitova 6-2, 6-0 and Simona Halep routed Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2.
“I think I played really well and I served well and stayed aggressive,” Wozniacki said. “It was close, especially in the beginning.
“I think I just kind of broke her down a little bit. Then I think she lost the belief or she tried to go a little bit more for it. You know, she just couldn’t find a break or find a way to break me.”
It was Svitolina’s debut in the event.
“This court is very, very slow,” Svitolina said. “Today I completely lost my rhythm after a couple of games and was all over the place. Was feeling very, very bad on court today.
“I will try just to forget this day and play my next match like nothing happen and try to find the way to come back.”
Halep and Garcia had just played in the Wuhan final a few weeks ago. This time Halep turned the tables.
“Definitely she’s very difficult to play against, and I knew how it’s going to be,” said Halep. “Because we played two weeks ago. But also I had in my mind the match from Toronto when I won against her, and today I think I played similar to that match.”
“I just felt that in the beginning, she’s very consistent and very strong, but then in the second set already I started to feel that I dominate the match and I got more confidence.”
On Tuesday in the White Group, Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko meet to try to stay in the semifinal hunt. After, former No. 1s Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova battle to go up 2-0 in the group.
Venus leads the Latvian 1-0 beating her at this past Wimbledon while Pliskova has a 6-2 edge on Muguruza though the Spaniard won most recently in Cincinnati.
Ostaneko’s opening round loss has eliminated her from No. 1 contention, but Venus still has a chance, however she must win the title.
Venus is the lone former champion in the field.
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