WTA Finals: Caroline Garcia beats Caroline Wozniacki; Elina Svitolina beats Simona Halep
Oct 28 2017
French tennis player Caroline Garcia on Friday rallied from being one set down to finally prevail 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Danish Caroline Wozniacki in their last group stage match at the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals.
"It was kind of weird, actually, to be here", she said.
Garcia's dream debut will continue on Saturday with a semi-final against an evergreen Venus Williams, while Woznaicki takes on White Group victor Karolina Pliskova, who can replace Halep as world No.1 if she wins the tournament on Sunday.
However, such a comment further adds to the sense that there is a growing tendency... In her press conference after her loss to Garcia, Svitolina was told by press she hadn't been eliminated yet. "Physically, I'm feeling good on court and it's great to still be fit at this end of the season, so there's a lot of positives to take away". "That's why I think I won these two matches". She not only needs to beat a Wozniacki playing at her relentless and precision best but must hope that Svitolina bounces back to beat Halep. Yesterday, from winning a measly seven points in the first set when Wozniacki dished out her third bagel in as many matches, Garcia stepped up considerably to win 35 in the following set, breaking Wozniacki's serve thrice in the second set.
For Svitolina in the match with the first racket of the world Simona Halep was on the line for more ranking points and prize money.
"There is no such a thing as a comfortable player on tour, especially at this tournament", Svitolina said of her success against Halep this year. "During the points I missed too many and I wanted to over-hit the ball".
Down 5-3 and on the brink of elimination, Garcia dug deep and reeled off four straight games to prevail 6-7 (9/7), 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 44 minutes.
"It was like a marathon, I feel that all my energy is gone", she said. "I mean, my game was completely off", she said. As a little girl, I think everyone who plays tennis wants to be No1 and it was my dream, and I was very lucky that it happened.