Singapore - French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko finished a
disappointing WTA Finals on a high with a consolation straight sets victory
over in-form Karolina Pliskova in Singapore on Thursday.
The Latvian easily won the White Group dead rubber encounter
6-3, 6-1 in 66 minutes to clinch her first ever victory at the Singapore Indoor
With the pressure off, Ostapenko, 20, went for her shots,
showing glimpses of brilliance rarely seen in Singapore after a breakout
season. She hit 15 winners during an impressive first set and reeled off seven
straight games to take a stranglehold of the match.
Ostapenko, growing in confidence, unleashed her powerful
groundstrokes to dictate the rallies against an uninspired Pliskova. A break in
the second set's sixth game, her fifth of the match, and a subsequent hold
wrapped up an impressive victory for the world number seven.
"I think it is great to finish the season this
way," Ostapenko said after the match. "Today I had nothing to lose as
it was my last match here. I just tried to enjoy it as I really love to play
It was her first win in three meetings against the third
seed, who claimed the marathon three-set classic at the Australian Open this
Ostapenko was eliminated from her WTA Finals debut after a
three-set defeat to Venus Williams on Tuesday.
Pliskova, who is in the running to finish world number one,
had already locked up pole position from the White Group after losing just
eight games across her opening two matches.
Lacking intensity, both players came out sluggishly in an
error-riddled start. Pliskova's reliable big serve was uncharacteristically
erratic, with three early double faults, as she was broken three times in the
Despite the loss, Pliskova is in the final four after
failing in her WTA Finals debut last year.
Result from the round-robin stage of the WTA Finals tennis in Singapore on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x7) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE x3) 6-3, 6-1