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Stephens and Bertens march into semis

31 October, 2018, 12:48 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Naomi Osaka

The sixth-seeded American will meet Elina Svitolina in the decider after beating Karolina Pliskova 0-6 6-4 6-1 in Singapore on Saturday. "I think I should be doing well on all surfaces", she told reporters.

"I think physically, in the end, it was just about running and chasing every ball down". Tried something a little different. Kerber says she plans to take a four-week rest this year like she did last year. after learning from her mistakes in 2016 "2016 was definitely not enough free". I think that made the big difference.

In the second game of the third set, a Stephens shot clipped the net cord and bounced to the other side of the court.

It was an unexpected result after Pliskova's early domination through power and precision to blitz through the first set in 31 minutes.

The humiliation ended for Stephens when she broke Pliskova's previously impregnable serve in the third game and then started to find her range.

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Osaka said she initially injured her hamstring against Stephens in the tournament's opening match.

Stephens gifted Pliskova an immediate break back by sending a lazy backhand long, but a double fault returned the initiative to the world number six and she held firm to force a decisive set.

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina for the first time in history became the victor of the Final of the WTA tournament in Singapore.

The No.6 seed wore down Bertens to advance with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory in two hours and 38 minutes.

Bertens only qualified for the WTA Finals just days before the tournament after world number one Simona Halep withdrew due to injury.

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Svitolina finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth game but the American continued to pound away at the corners to maintain her break advantage.

Serving for her place in the final, Svitolina saved two break points before shutting Bertens down.

"I worked on my mental toughness and that's pretty much what helped me to go through the (Caroline) Wozniacki match and today's match", added Svitolina, who won all three group ties but needed to take a set off the Dane to ensure qualification to the semi-finals.

Svitolina just kept the ball in play and rallied from 3-5 down to send the contest into a tiebreaker, which the Dutchwoman edged after rediscovering her poise.

Bertens regrouped and was on the brink of levelling it up at 40-0 in the 10th game but cracked under the pressure.

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