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SINGAPORE – Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Petra Kvitova to keep her hopes of defending her title alive.

 

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Caroline Wozniacki [2] def. Petra Kvitova [4] 7-5 3-6 6-2

It was a must win match between two former champions, as defending champion Caroline Wozniacki took on Petra Kvitova to at least have a fighting chance of qualifying out of the group stages.

The first set was an intriguing affair with Kvitova the first to bring up chances for an immediate break from the off, and a few games later, Wozniacki saw a chance come and go. It was almost a surprise, given how evenly matched they were, when it Was Wozniacki who broke first, only for the Dane to be pegged straight back.

It only served to be a brief respite as Wozniacki broke a second time to take the first set. It was a pattern that would continue, as the next three games of the second set were all breaks with Kvitova gaining the upper-hand, and even though there was another race of breaks, this time it was the Czech’s turn to break for the set.

At this point though, it looked as if the wheels were coming off for Kvitova, as she was broken to start the set, and very rapidly found herself 1-5 down. Looking gassed and heavy legged, she salvaged one more game, before Wozniacki closed out the win and kept her title defence hopes alive.

Petra Kvitova in the first round robin match of the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore

Petra Kvitova in the first round robin match of the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Kvitova was less pleased than after her first match, where she had felt she had given a god account of herself, despite losing to Elina Svitolina. She told reporters:

“I’m tired right now (smiling), more tired than after my first match, definitely. Yeah, I think the third set, the beginning, she just took it probably a little bit better from the beginning of the third set, which obviously we had a lot of long rallies, and unfortunately I couldn’t make the kind of those points on my side.

“But definitely I played better than the first match, for sure. I find a way to fight, which is best probably in the end of the season. And, yeah, whatever has happened happened, and I should just look forward for the next one.”

Wozniacki acknowledged that they both found their feet in the lengthy exchanges, but it was just her day. However, it was her father that got all the attention in the Coaches Corner.

She joked: I heard he stole the show (smiling). I heard he was killing it. I probably wouldn’t want to coach my kid. I think it’s a lot. I think it’s hard work. I’m very thankful that my dad wanted to take on that role, and I think we have done amazing and we have a great relationship.”

 

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She continued: “I think the fact that he’s respected me since I was a kid and respected my opinions and he could see that I could really hold my own, as well, I think has made our relationship this strong.

“Of course sometimes we disagree on some things and we talk about it or we butt heads once in a while, but I think it’s part of our relationship. I think it’s part of the coaching relationship, as well.

“But, you know, in the end of the day, we both want what’s best, and we both try and find a way where I can improve and I can play my best tennis.”

The final round-robin match will be on Thursday.

 

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