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Stephens fights back to beat Pliskova in see-saw Singapore semifinal

Stephens fights back to beat Pliskova in see-saw Singapore semifinal”

Kerber won one of her three matches in Singapore at the WTA Finals, beating Noami Osaka and losing to Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens and therefore, failing to make the semi-finals.

The Ukrainian beat her American opponent 3-6 6-2 6-2 in two hours and 22 minutes for the biggest victory of her career.

Perhaps mindful of the injury, Osaka went for her shots from the outset, a tactic that comes with the risk of giving away free points, while Bertens was content to keep the ball in play and pin the powerful Japanese player to the back of the court.

"Of course I know that I've won lots of finals", Svitolina said.

The former US Open champion continued her unbeaten run in Singapore with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph in 101 minutes, her fifth straight-sets victory in a row over Kerber.

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Svitolina added that criticism of a poor second half to her season had given the Ukrainian added motivation to perform well in Singapore. "I really had to play my best tennis to win today".

Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, will face Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, while Bertens will face Ukraine's Elina Svitolina. I think maybe in the beginning of the year I was very uncertain with what I was doing.

"It's never easy or never nice to win a match like this, but it is what it is".

The 24-year-old's momentum continued as she produced an astounding run down victor to break Stephens in the second game.

"I have done qualifying for my first final here, beat some wonderful players, played four really great matches". "Obviously, I lost a little bit energy in the third set". It was Pliskova's first win over her compatriot in four matches between the two.

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Elina Svitolina reached the final of the world Cup.

Bertens saved a set point at 5-4 but a handful of errors on her serve at 6-5, culminating in another double-fault, handed Svitolina the lead.

"I just really wanted to try because this is the last tournament, and I felt it was really unfair to everyone that came to watch". "In the end she was just a more stable player". "She is a great player and she was playing great and there was nothing I could do". It will be determined in a pair of Sloane Stephens - Caroline Plskova. "Get to the final, last match of the year, just give it your absolute all and just see what happens", the 24-year-old said.

Svitolina split with coach Thierry Ascione in October and worked with Andrew Bettles in Singapore but said she would look at her options during the off-season.

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