Singapore - World No 6 Caroline Wozniacki posted her first win over Elina
Svitolina in grand style with a straight sets thrashing in the WTA
Finals on Monday.
Denmark's Wozniacki had previously lost all three matches to
Svitolina, including crushing finals losses in Dubai and Toronto this
year, but overcame her nemesis with a 6-2, 6-0 destruction in just 59
Opening her WTA Finals campaign, Wozniacki won 10 straight games to
continue a trend of one-sided matches at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Players with previous experience on the slower court in Singapore have won all four matches during the opening two nights.
Wozniacki, who played in Singapore in 2014, completely overwhelmed
the Ukrainian in a perfect start in her bid to regain the world’s number
one ranking after a five-year drought.
The 27-year-old is one of seven
players in the tournament in the running for the prized top ranking.
The lopsided result seemed unlikely in the early going with both players slugging from the baseline in almost identical fashion.
But Wozniacki started finding her range to peel off winners and she
claimed a decisive break in the sixth game. She closed out the first set
by breaking Svitloina, whose error-riddled performance delivered eight
unforced errors in the opening set.
Conversely, Wozniacki had 11 winners and just five unforced errors in
a dominant first set.
Svitolina had a chance to get back into the
contest with a break point to start the second set but Wozniacki held on
and subsequently broke.
She broke two more times to storm through the set in just 26 minutes.
Result from the WTA Finals tennis in Singapore on Monday (x denotes seeding):
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x6) b Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt 6-2, 6-0