Wozniacki Tops 2017 WTA Finals Red Group
Danish former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki delivered a brutal beat-down to the tournament top seed and current WTA No. 1, Romania’s Simona Halep, on Day 4 of the 2017 WTA Finals in Singapore on Wednesday. Wozniacki won their Red Group round-robin clash 6-0, 6-2, making only seven unforced errors in her clinical win.
The Dane, seeded sixth, also beat Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-0 on Monday. Having dropped just four games in two victories, Wozniacki’s looking like the strongest competitor in the Red Group over the tournament’s final four days.
Garcia Beats Svitolina After Halep Loss
Halep performed better in her opening match, beating France’s Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2. The eighth seed came back on Wednesday, however, in her match against Svitolina. It almost went completely pear-shaped; the Frenchwoman was in tears at a set and a break down after an abysmal start.
She rallied, however, and came back to win 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-5. The win left her tied with Halep, with Svitolina the group underdog.
Pliskova Undefeated in White Group
In the White Group, Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova is also unbeaten, following a 6-2, 6-2 win against Venus Williams, seeded fifth, in Sunday’s opener, and an identical score against second-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza on Tuesday.
Muguruza won her opening match against seventh seed Jelena Ostapenko on Sunday, and the Latvian 20-year-old also went down to a resurgent Williams on Tuesday. With Pliskova dominating the White Group, the biggest battle will be between Williams and Muguruza to finish second in the group.
At the end of Day 4, Wozniacki and Pliskova were almost inseparable in the outright betting to win the tournament, with Pliskova offered at online sites at around $2.00 and under, and Wozniacki at $2.00 and over. Muguruza and Halep were third and fourth, at around $4.50 and $5.00 respectively. At $8.00 and up, Garcia, Williams, Svitolina and Ostapenko all looked like long shots.