Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova both made strong starts in Singapore on Sunday at the WTA Finals.
Muguruza beat Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-4 while Pliskova overcame Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2 in just 73 minutes.
Muguruza, 24, was far too strong for Ostapenko, winning easily in 85 minutes.
The Spaniard said she was pleased to overcome late nerves after being broken while serving for the match. “I wanted to win so badly and she was just not giving me anything,” she said.
“I waited for my moment, where I served and tried to take control. It went well.”
World number three Pliskova had too much for Williams, who was playing in the finals for the first time in eight years.
“I think my serve was good today, it could be better but I hit some aces,” Pliskova on court after her win.
“Maybe the score looks a little easier than it was. I think it was very tough – from the baseline we were both playing pretty fast and pretty good shots so it was an amazing match I think.
“There are no easy matches here in Singapore so you have to be ready from the first point – that’s what I was trying to do today and it worked.”