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Garcia stays alive in Singapore, triumphs over Svitolina

26 October, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Simona Halep of Romania hits a return against Caroline Garcia of France during the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore

Garcia must beat Wozniacki and hope Halep is defeated by Svitolina, while the Ukrainian needs a straight-sets win and for Garcia to lose. Halep finally seemed to get on the scoreboard after she earned her first game point in the match, but Wozniacki was just too solid as she sealed the first set 6-0 against the current top-ranked player.

The spotlight will be on the first rubber where Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki will be fighting for a ticket in the semis.

"This was an incredible battle, the last match I had against Svitolina was already very long, and this one was the same", Garcia said in her on-court interview. Wozniacki looked in great form, and she was able to consistently find her first serves as she easily consolidated the break for an early 3-0 lead after just a mere 15 minutes of play.

While Elina Svitolina had found some semblance of humour after her opening loss, it was a very different story after coming from 2-4 down in the first set and 0-4 down in the tie-break to take the lead, Garcia rallied to take the second set, saving three break points on her way to set point.

Those back-to-back titles gave her a huge burst which allowed her to break into the top 10 for the first time while simultaneously secured her the last available slot in Singapore.

"I feel like I'm back where I'm supposed to be". Halep looked downright very bad in her last match, winning just 29 percent of her return points and 44 percent of her total service points. "I'm thinking about playing better than today, definitely", the 26-year-old said. A win would secure her place in the next round of play. "I felt comfortable, played aggressive when I needed to and ran the balls down when I needed to". She played well but I missed too much.

The second was more competitive but Halep struggled to contain both the brilliance of her opponent and her own negativity and succumbed rather meekly.

Garcia said the disappointment of losing the set was overwhelming. "It was a battle on every single point, and I'm just happy to be through".

"It was so many up-and-down in this matches, a little bit like the one we played in Beijing. Also, the court is a little bit slow and I just felt heavy", she added. "It's often like this and I tried to improve this part of myself".


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