Singapore - Czech
Karolina Pliskova stormed into the semi-finals on Thursday after a
convincing straight sets victory against compatriot Petra Kvitova,
sending the former Wimbledon champion crashing out of the WTA Finals in
Pliskova became the first player into the final four after a 6-3, 6-4
triumph in 83 minutes. Winless Kvitova needed to win in straight sets
to keep her campaign alive but struggled throughout to complete a
disappointing first WTA Finals appearance since 2015.
The result puts pressure on reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki, who
needs to defeat unbeaten Elina Svitolina in straight sets to keep her
title defence alive.
Former world number one Pliskova booked her spot in the semi-finals
for the second straight year having also beaten Wozniacki earlier in the
It was Pliskova’s first victory over Kvitova after three straight losses.
“It was a huge victory for me,” she told reporters after the game.
“It meant a lot to get into the semi-finals after beating her, it's just
Kvitova played down fatigue as a factor after a gruelling season.
“I was really feeling well physically and mentally,” she said. “I
still had a lot of positive thoughts in the match to fight and turn it
around but it didn't happen.”
Kvitova's slump in Singapore continued, serving three double faults
to be broken in the second game of the match and her confidence
It was one-way traffic with Pliskova dominating off the baseline and
picking off Kvitova's timid shots to rattle off the opening four games.
On the brink of elimination, Kvitova showed some fight by attacking Pliskova's powerful serve and breaking in the fifth game.
But Pliskova regrouped to close it out in 41 minutes and eliminate Kvitova, who had 15 unforced errors in the first set.
With the pressure off, Kvitova went for her forehands and it paid off as she began hitting the lines.
The 28-year-old broke in the second game and stormed to a 4-2 lead as
it appeared a seventh straight match at the WTA Finals would go the
But Pliskova rediscovered her rhythm to win four straight games and book a berth into the semis.
Result from the WTA Finals tennis in Singapore on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Karolina Pliskova (CZE x7) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x4) 6-3, 6-4