Wozniacki outlasts Petra for first win of 2018 WTA Finals

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki evened her record in round-robin play in the White Group at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on Tuesday, defeating Petra Kvitova, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

Both players lost their opening round matches in Singapore on Sunday, but the defending champion’s nearly two-and-a-half hour victory improved her chances of qualifying for the knockout stage, while 2011 champion Kvitova drops to 0-2 in the group.

The victory is Wozniacki’s first against the two-time Wimbledon champion in four years, with her last also coming at the WTA Finals.

Wozniacki withstood 40 winners off the Czech’s racquet over the course of two hours and 19 minutes, as Kvitova also totaled 40 unforced errors.

The Dane served at 70 percent from the line, hitting three aces and saving eight of the 13 break points she faced, while also hitting 19 winners to just 14 unforced errors.

Trailing by a break in the second set, the Australian Open champion was treated for a left knee injury. Though she leveled the set with a break for 3-3, she lost the next three games to send the match to a decider.

She rebounded strongly in the final set, breaking twice and saving the lone break point she faced to earn the win.


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