By Ros Satar, in Singapore

  • Simona Halep coasted to her first win as the World No. 1 against Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2
  • Caroline Wozniacki finally overturned a 0-3 deficit against Elina Svitolina with a commanding 6-2 6-0 win
SINGAPORE – With all the front runners for the year-ending No. 1 looking in impressive form, Caroline Wozniacki got her first win over No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina on Day Two.

 

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Simona Halep [1] def. Caroline Garcia [8] 6-4 6-2

After the emotions of finally attaining the World No. 1 spot in Beijing, Simona Halep had admitted to feeling a little flat when she played the high-flying Caroline Garcia.

Caroline Garcia | WTA Finals 2017, Singapore (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Caroline Garcia of France in action during the first round-robin match at the 2017 WTA Finals tennis tournament

From the start the Frenchwoman showed just how difficult she could be, forcing Halep to sweat out a long opening hold, and not giving much away and striking back from a break by Halep to level once more.

Halep hustled her way to a second break, and picked up the first set on her third time of asking, and although it was a solid enough start for Garcia in the second set, Halep quickly gained momentum, breaking her twice in a row and sprinting for the win.

It has been an up and down year for the team of Darren Cahill and Halep – earlier in the year her attitude on court resulted in his stepping away for a time until she won the title in Madrid.

Their interaction on court today underlines the strength of the relationship they have, as she explained after the match.

Halep said: “I think it’s a good relation. Of course we had some tough moments at the beginning of the year, but also, I was a little bit frustrated with my injury. I was really negative with myself.

“But then I changed. I’m still working on that, and I think I made big steps forward to this way, and I think he’s very happy with my way on court and we understand each other very well.”

Garcia was disappointed to have had her unbeaten run unravel, but was still able to enjoy the achievement of reaching this tournament.

“The first set was very intense on both sides, I think. I mean, after the loss of the first set, I was not down. I was like always trying to come back, but it was couple of tight games in the beginning of the second. I couldn’t make it. And then I couldn’t find my rhythm again. I was just going for too much.”

 

Caroline Wozniacki [6] def. Elina Svitolina [4] 6-2 6-0

Caroline Wozniacki | WTA Finals 2017, Singapore

Caroline Wozniacki | WTA Finals 2017, Singapore (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

In a tournament where every win counts, every game counts, Caroline Wozniacki has put herself firmly in the drivers seat for challenging for the top of the group when she meets Halep in two days time.

While Svitolina had to admit that this had been a terrible day in the office for her, Wozniacki had been on point in every aspect of her game, and with first timers on this court struggling to get to grips with it, Wozniacki felt she had the answer.

She said: “I think this court rewards being able to go from offence to defence, defence to offence, and I think it rewards the player that has good hands, in particular. I think because this court you can’t just play offence or you can’t just play defence, maybe you can win one match like that, but to play consistent on this court, you need to be able to run a lot of balls down and wait for your opportunity to really hit through the court.”

On Wednesday Halep will face Wozniacki, and Garcia will play Svitolina.

 

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