Defending Champion, Caroline Wozniacki went down 6-2, 6-4 to Karolina Pliskova in her first round-robin match at the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Wozniacki had beaten Pliskova in the semi-finals in 2017 and led their head-to-head 6-3 prior to entering the competition.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action during the 2018 WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 21, 2018. Photo: Sport Singapore
“I felt pretty good from the baseline today, so it wasn’t only down to my serve,” Pliskova said in a post-match interview.
Speaking about her performance, Wozniacki said: "I think I didn't start off very well and I was trying to find my rhythm out there. She (Karolina Pliskova) started off well but at the same time I think I had break points in almost every single of her service games and I didn’t get any one of them”.
In the early match on Sunday, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beat Petra Kvitova in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
The Ukrainian had not beaten Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova since 2014. Kvitova leads their head-to-head 7-1 before today’s match.
Naomi Osaka of Japan will take on Sloane Stephens of the USA at center court, Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7.30pm.
Followed by Angelique Kerber of Germany against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
WTA Future Stars
Ya-Yi Yang (left) of Chinese Taipei and Mio Kozaki of Japan during the award ceremony of the 2018 WTA Future Stars at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Photo: Sport Singapore
Earlier in the day, WTA Future Stars crowned new champions at the fifth and final edition of the tournament.
Ya-Yi Yang of Chinese Taipei cruise to victory taking home the gold medal for the under-14 tournament after being Mio Kozaki of Japan, 6-3, 6-3.
“It has been amazing to be part of this year’s WTA Future Stars event this past week. Being the first player from Chinese-Taipei to be crowned champion here in Singapore is truly an honour,” Yang said after her win.
Ayu Ishibashi (left) of Japan and Annerly Poulos of Australia during the award ceremony of the 2018 WTA Future Stars. Photo: Sport Singapore
In the under-16 tournament, Ayu Ishibashi of Japan beat Annerly Poulos of Australia 7-5, 7-6 to claim the title.
In partnership with Sport Singapore and the Singapore Tennis Association, the WTA Future Stars is a platform developed to showcase the best of Asia-Pacific’s next generation in tennis.
It started with just 12 countries and 24 players in the first WTA Future Stars in 2014, the tournament grew to 48 contestants from 21 countries in 2018 competing against each other to foster stronger friendship and encourage sportsmanship.
WTA Finals doubles qualifier in 2017 and current coach of Australian WTA Future Stars, Casey Dellacqua commented on the opportunity these young girls are exposed to.
“The WTA Future Stars program is a wonderful initiative to give young players a glimpse at what it’s like to be a professional tennis player in the WTA."
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