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Tennis: Wozniacki wins again, as Williams squeezes into Finals semis

Ana Ivanovic was unlucky not to make the semis after winning two of her three matches at the WTA Finals. Photos: Paul Lakatos / WSG.

Ana Ivanovic missed out on the WTA Finals semis despite winning two of her three matches. Photos: Paul Lakatos / WSG.

October 25, 2014: Serena Williams’ bid for a third straight title at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals continued when the World No. 1 squeezed into the semi-finals after Ana Ivanovic lost a set on her way to a 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3 

win over eventual Red Group winner Simona Halep.

 

Williams will play Caroline Wozniacki, her good friend and the White Group winner, in Saturday’s first semi at the Singapore Indoor Stadium before 

Agnieszka Radwanska faces debutant Simona Halep.

 

On Monday, Ivanovic impressed in a 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Williams then beat Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets, but the 26-year-old former No. 1 needed another straight-sets win on Friday to qualify for the semis. However, her fate was sealed once she lost the second set despite winning two out of three matches on her first appearance in the tournament since 2008.

 

“It’s mixed emotions obviously because I feel like it was such a great match tonight, yet it’s such a low not to be able to qualify for the semi-finals,” said Ivanovic, a former No. 1 who has won four WTA titles this year.

 

“On a positive note I won two matches, finished the season with a victory. It has been an amazing year for me. Still, the little bit of disappointment is still quite strong at the moment.”

 

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova later won her first match in Singapore by beating Radwanska 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2

, but it was not enough as her opponent ultimately finished second with a better sets-percentage record despite also only winning one match.

 

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Maria Sharapova beat Agnieszka Radwanska for her first win, but the crowd favourite missed out on the last four.

However, Radwanska’s progress was only confirmed when Wozniacki beat Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-3 for her third straight win to top the White Group. Like Sharapova and Radwanska, Kvitova won one of her three matches.

 

Wozniacki, the tournament’s lowest-ranked player as World No. 8, will face Williams in a rematch of last month’s US Open final, as the former No. 1 continues her impressive return to form.

 

“I played really well. Today was a really great match for me. I’ve been playing well, so I believed I could beat anyone. I obviously also knew that if I wasn’t playing up to my best I could lose to all of them, so I’m really pleased about the way this week has gone so far,” said Wozniacki, who was told Radwanska was going to take her shopping with her credit card as a thank you.

 

“Yeah, she told me that, too. I hope she’s going to keep her promise. She owes me a handbag. I think that’s what I’m going to go for.”

 

Caroline Wozniacki was the only player to win all three group games, setting up a semi-final with World No. 1 Serena Williams.

Caroline Wozniacki was the only player to win all three group games, setting up a semi-final with World No. 1 Serena Williams.

However, Wozniacki was aware that her record against Williams wasn’t strong, having only won one of their 10 meetings.

 

“My match-up against her so far hasn’t been great. I won once and lost like 10 times or nine, I don’t know. I don’t even count anymore,” she said. “But it’s a new tournament. It’s a new week. I’ve been playing well really. Again, I believe that if I play like I did today, it doesn’t matter who’s on the other side. I can win.”

 

Results – October 24, 2014

 

Singles – Red Group

[7] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) d [4] Simona Halep (Romania) 76(7) 36 63

 

Final Standings

1) Simona Halep 2-1 (.714 sets)

2) Serena Williams 2-1 (.667 sets)

3) Ana Ivanovic 2-1 (.537 sets)

4) Eugenie Bouchard 0-3

 

Round Robin – White Group

[2] Maria Sharapova (Russia) d [6] Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 75 67(4) 62

[8] Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) d [3] Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 62 63

 

Final Standings

1) Caroline Wozniacki 3-0

2) Agnieszka Radwanska 1-2 (.479 sets)

3) Maria Sharapova 1-2 (.464 sets)

4) Petra Kvitova 1-2 (.431 sets)

 

Doubles – Quarter-finals

Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) / Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia) d [1] Sara Errani (Italy) / R Vinci (Italy) 21 ret.

 

Order of Play – Saturday, October 25, 2014

Centre Court start 12:00 pm

Alla Kudryavtseva (Russia) / Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) vs [2] Hsieh Su-Wei (Chinese Taipei) / Peng Shuai (China)

 

Not Before 2:30 pm

[1] Serena Williams (USA) vs [8] Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)

 

Not Before 6:00 pm

[6] Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) vs [4] Simona Halep (Romania)

Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) / Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia) vs [3] Cara Black (Zimbabwe) / Sania Mirza (India)

 

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