Wins for Williams and Pliskova in Singapore

Chiến thắng dành cho Williams và Pliskova tại Singapores

Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova both earned wins in Tuesday’s action of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals.

Williams and the talented Jelena Ostapenko were involved in a three set slugfest that lasted three hours and 15 minutes, setting a new record for the third-longest match in WTA Finals history.

The American veteran survived a second set comeback to defeat Ostapenko 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-5 on the hard courts of Singapore. Ostapenko was never going to die wondering, firing no less than 48 winners but conceding 40 unforced errors. Continuing with the crazy numbers, both players struggled to hold serve in a match that saw 20 breaks of serve.

After reeling off four games in a row to win the opening set, Williams forced Ostapenko to hold serve to save the match in the second set. The Latvian saved a match point and forced a tiebreaker, which she won.

The final set saw a flurry of breaks until Williams won the last three to take the match and keep her hopes alive of qualifying for the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Pliskova picked up her second consecutive win of the WTA Finals series when she steamrolled world number two Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2 in just 62 minutes.

Muguruza will lament her unforced errors, 17 to just seven winners, in an error-strewn performance. 

The result sees Pliskova top the White Group, secruing her a place in the semi-finals of the year-end event for the first time in her career.