Halep beats Garcia at WTA Finals

Halep serves up a treat

The Dane is now virtually assured of a semi-finals berth after losing just four games in two matches, while Halep lives to fight another day after her opening straight sets victory over Caroline Garcia gives her a 1-1 record in the Red Group. Few players rely on a fast start more than Halep, as she gets down on herself way too easily and allows her frustration to impact the rest of the match.

The Ukranian went up a set and a break, but from when she was leading 2-1, Garcia won five of the last six remaining games, coming back from down 0-40 serving on 5-3.

"I really played well, I served well, and I have always been aggressive", is satisfied with the Danish after his performance in this game where it committed only 5 unforced errors and converted all of his break balls (5 on 5).

Garcia lost her tournament opener to world number one Simona Halep on Monday and another defeat would have spelled the end of her interest in Singapore, yet somehow she battled back in the second set against Svitolina and did so again in the third.

Halep had looked in fine form in her win over Garcia but could not find her rhythm against Wozniacki, who raced through the first set in just 24 minutes.

"I feel like I'm back where I'm supposed to be".

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"It didn't happen like I wanted to, but it's not finished yet", said Garcia.

"I think playing the top players in the world means you have to play your best level to beat anyone here", the 27-year-old added.

The Dane had won 17 games in a row across her last two matches before Halep finally got on the scoreboard after 34 minutes when she held to love. Obviously she got frustrated and I felt like I was doing everything just a little bit better. She played well but I missed too much.

Halep will hope to advance with a win over Svitolina on Friday, while Garcia faces the unenviable task of taking on Wozniacki with the world number eight needing a victory to stand any chance of reaching the last four. Today was such a battle, so I'm very happy to be through with a win. "But this is not the most important thing for me at this time".

"It was so many up-and-down in this matches, a little bit like the one we played in Beijing. I was happy with that". "It's often like this and I tried to improve this part of myself".

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