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Elina Svitolina wins WTA Finals

Elina Svitolina wins WTA Finals

Svitolina will meet the victor of Saturday night's late semi-final between Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova, in search of the biggest title of her career on Sunday.

Elina Svitolina feels her WTA Finals exploits should stand her in good stead to mount grand-slam challenges as she prepares to face Sloane Stephens in a decider on Sunday.

Stephens broke back immediately and served out to take the set 6-4 and level the match.

Osaka claimed her first WTA title after winning the Indian Wells Masters in March and she has experienced a rapid rise, having been as low as 72nd in the rankings in January.

"I was just thinking I'm playing against the No. 2 player in the world and she's probably going to try a little bit harder now and try to win".

"It was just getting worse and worse every time I played".

Bertens won the first set 6-3 in 47 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium before US Open champion Osaka, who wiped away tears, forfeited the match.

I thought she played well and it was obviously a tough match from the beginning.

Elina Svitolina advanced to the semi-finals as White Group victor on Thursday, the Ukrainian joined by big-hitting Czech Karolina Pliskova in the last four.

"I hurt my left hamstring in the first match (against Stephens)", Osaka told reporters.




The 24-year-old's momentum continued as she produced an astounding run down victor to break Stephens in the second game. "I think only a few points decided the third set because we both were playing good tennis".

"There's still lots of work ahead of me for tomorrow", said the Ukrainian.

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.

It was not just a tight match.

"This really shows that I can play great tennis and definitely is going to bring me lots of confidence".

"I had a bit of an adrenaline dump after I finally won one game - I was really fired up, so I was like 'come on, let's do this".

Sloane Stephens also advanced to the semifinals, improving to 3-0 by beating Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.

It ended the tournament's five-year run in Singapore with the season-finale moving to Shenzhen.

The popular Osaka called for the trainer once more but tearfully succumbed to her fate after consulting with her coach to end her breakthrough season with a disappointing three straight defeats at the year-end championships.

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