Groups drawn, scene is set for last WTA Finals in Singapore

Уу WTA Еліна Світоліна втратила одну позицію і займає сьоме місце – новини

Caroline Wozniacki lost the opening match of her WTA Finals defence with a 6-2 6-4 upset to seventh seed Karolina Pliskova.

Before Sunday Svitolina had won just one set in seven straight harrowing defeats to the Czech but turned the tables to issue a warning to her rivals in White Group. "These are the best players this season, so there are no easy matches in this tournament".

Wozniacki had beaten Pliskova in the semi-finals a year ago and held a 6-3 lead in head-to-head encounters between the pair but the former world number one refused to let her Danish opponent settle in a ruthless display of big hitting.

Australian Open champion Wozniacki, from Denmark, failed to win any of the 10 break points she created.

In the earlier White Group encounter at the eight-woman event, Elina Svitolina tore up the form book with a brilliant display of serving and retrieving to register a 6-3 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova.

"I felt pretty good from the baseline today and I thought she was a bit nervous at the start as it's always tough to defend your title".

But hours later, when world No. 1 Simona Halep withdrew with a lower back injury, Bertens was the beneficiary as she replaced the stricken Romanian.

Уу WTA Еліна Світоліна втратила одну позицію і займає сьоме місце – новини
Tennis: Wozniacki struggles in WTA title defence in Singapore

"It's very nice to be back in Singapore and I'm very, very happy with the match tonight", Svitolina told the crowd.

"I think everyone in my group is a really good player so I'm just really excited to get to play them".

"You need to play at the best level you can imagine because everyone is very strong".

- If Svitolina wins in straight sets and Wozniacki wins in three sets, Svitolina qualifies (position TBD).

The world number six triumphed 6-3, 6-3 in just 89 minutes in the tournament opener, easily overcoming a lacklustre Kvitova, who had 29 unforced errors and seven double faults.

A composed Svitolina made just four unforced errors in the opening set in a notable contrast to her error-riddled opponent, who struggled badly on serve and conceded the first set after her fifth double-fault.

- If Pliskova and Wozniacki win, Pliskova qualifies as group victor, Kvitova is eliminated (Wozniacki and Svitolina play for the No.2 qualifying spot on Thursday).

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