Wozniacki thrashes Halep in Singapore

It was surprisingly one-way traffic for Caroline Wozniacki against World No 1 Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.

Few could have predicted what transpired at the Singapore Sports Hub, with Wozniacki completing a 6-0, 6-2 rout over the world’s top-ranked player in just 64 minutes.

The result leaves the sixth seed from Denmark on top of the Red Group and through to the semi-finals, while Halep now faces a battle to advance.

It’s Wozniacki’s third win over a World No 1-ranked player in 2017, following victories over Garbine Muguruza at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, and Karolina Pliskova at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Halep was clearly not at her best, producing 17 unforced errors during the short-lived contest, and Wozniacki took full advantage.

The Dane earned eight break points and converted all but three of them to leave Halep shell-shocked and searching for answers.

Halep’s sole opportunity to break came in the fourth game of the second set, which would have allowed her to get back on level terms.

But Wozniacki snuffed out the chance and continued along her merry way, another break handing her the match several games later.

“I think it was one of my bad days. I made too many mistakes and she didn’t miss,” Halep said afterwards. “I did some good shots, good points, and I missed too many to win a match.

“After the first set, in the second set I felt that I can come back a little bit at 4-2 – it was a good game, but it was too late.”

It was a much closer affair in the second game of the evening between Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia.

With both players desperate for a win after opening defeats earlier in the week, it was a real knock-down, drag-out out battle.

In the end, it was Garcia who came out on top, securing a 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-5 victory to eliminate Svitolina from the competition.

Caroline Garcia

The first set saw the players exchange breaks twice before Svitolina edged the tie-break.

And the Ukranian seemed well on her way to victory when she went a break up in the second, only for Garcia to turn the tables with successive breaks, turning a 1-2 deficit into a 4-2 lead.

Serving for the set at 5-3, Garcia needed to save three break points before clinching the set and leveling the scores.

The third set was another tense affair, with Svitolina and Garcia again exchanging breaks twice before Garcia claimed what would turn out to be a third and decisive break, wrapping up match point shortly after.