Smooth sailing for Halep and Wozniacki in Singapore

Màn dạo chơi của Halep và Wozniacki ở Singapore

Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki both secured thumping straight-sets victories in Monday’s action at the WTA Finals.

World No 1 Simona Halep looked in total control as she defeated France’s Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2 in their opening round-robin match in the Red Group on day two in Singapore.

Garcia was coming off a victory over Halep in the final of the China Open earlier this month, but it was a different story this time around.

The opening signs were positive for Garcia, as she earned two break points in Halep’s opening service game, but the Romanian saved them both and then secured a break of her own a ccouple of games later.

Her advantage was short-lived, however, as Garcia regained the lost break immediately, but the Frenchwoman found herself under more pressure a few games later, giving away the break to hand Halep a 5-4 lead.

Serving for the set, Halep failed to convert her first two set points but made no mistake with her third.

Having gained the upper hand, Halep did not let up in the second set. Successive breaks in the third and fifth games knocked the stuffing out of her opponent, with match point following shortly after.

“I’m really pleased,” said the 26-year-old. “It wasn’t an easy first match against a player that beat me two weeks ago. I felt really well out there.”

In the second match of the day, Wozniacki faced Elina Svitolina in the Red Group, with the Dane racing to a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 victory.

Svitolina won her first two service games, but Wozniacki claimed her first break in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead and never looked back, winning the next eight games in a row to seal victory in just 60 minutes.

Many expected a close contest, but the match turned out to be total one-way traffic.