Friday, 17 November, 2017

WTA Finals: Karolina Pliskova beats Venus Williams in Singapore

Venus Williams will look for a deep run here in Singapore Venus Williams will look for a deep run here in Singapore
Lucia Summers | 22 October, 2017, 20:19

The 37-year-old Williams is making her first appearance since 2009 at the elite eight-woman event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

It was a topsy-turvy set from there, with the crowd rallying behind Williams - a sentimental favourite here - when she finally got on the board in the fourth game, and again when she broke back in the fifth. The match lasted 1 hour and 14 minutes and ended in a crushing victory for Pliskova. On account Pliskova 5 aces, won 78% of the ball with the first delivery made 25 winners and made 12 unforced errors.

At this point, the Czech capitalised on some sloppy play from the American to break with a booming forehand.

She broke Williams again in the final game of the match.

This was with a sumptuous volley after working the American around the court.

Actually, I felt really good.

In the second, Pliskova saved two break points in the third game, and then broke the Williams serve in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead.

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Even though she did not make it out of the group stage a year ago, the Czech said the experience helped enormously.

Williams was now struggling for both range and control.

Williams appeared to be finding her groove early in the second set when she had two chances to break.

Pliskova rode out Williams' attempts to bring the contest under her spell and a positive approach on her opponents' second serve paid dividends as the seven-time grand slam champion chipped long to concede the first set.

"There are no easy matches in Singapore". I think everything was fine with my game today. The White Group also consists of GarbiƱe Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko, who were set to face off in Sunday's second match.

The Red Group contains world number one Simona Halep of Romania, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.

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