World No. 1 Iga Swiatek rolled in her WTA Finals opener cruising past debutant Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-3 in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Because I felt like I can really play aggressively but, on the other hand, with these balls here you have to be really careful. So I wanted to balance it, and I think I did that pretty well at the beginning,” Swiatek said on court.
“And that gave me confidence for the rest of the match. I’m happy that we got used to the conditions pretty quickly.”
Swiatek, who led 3-0 in both sets, improves to 5-0 against the Russian.
In the evening, home favorite Coco Gauff brought in some fans to the sparse arena but it wasn’t enough as Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia got past the teen once again 6-4, 6-3. Garcia, who eliminated Gauff from the US Open, is making her second appearance at the event while Gauff was making her debut.
On Thursday, Swiatek will take on Garcia and Gauff will meet Kasatkina.
First tomorrow, American No. 1 Jessica Pegula takes on Ons Jabeur in a rematch of the Madrid final won by the Tunisian.
In the evening, Monday winners Aryna Sabalenka battles Maria Sakkari. The Belarussian has won four of six meetings with Sakkari.
WTA Finals Day 3: Order of play (starts 3:00 PM)
 Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) / Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) vs  XU Yifan (CHN) / YANG Zhaoxuan (CHN)
NB 5:00 PM
 Ons JABEUR (TUN) vs  Jessica PEGULA (USA)
NB 7:00 PM
 Maria SAKKARI (GRE) vs  Aryna SABALENKA
 Coco GAUFF (USA) / Jessica PEGULA (USA) vs  Desirae KRAWCZYK (USA) / Demi SCHUURS (NED)
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