Venus Williams advances to WTA Finals semifinals

by Steven Clarke October 29, 2017, 0:55
Venus Williams advances to WTA Finals semifinals

Latvia's No. 1 lady tennis player Alona Ostapenko yesterday defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-1 in her last match at this year's WTA Finals, informs LETA.

Said Muguruza: "I think (Williams) played very well in important moments, and I made mistakes that I shouldn't".

The Latvian struggled due to a high number of errors in her previous outings but she struck a series of impressive winners to get the better of the world number three. She traded serves, slammed winners and sprayed groundstrokes; she overstepped, she fell short.

Venus Williams produced a vintage display full of guts and determination to grind out a 7-5 6-7 (3) 7-5 victory over Jelena Ostapenko at the WTA Finals on Tuesday to set up a White Group decider for a semi-finals berth against Garbine Muguruza.

In her first appearance in the season-ending tournament since 2009, Venus ended Muguruza's run in the event, reports Efe.

The Spaniard managed to surge to a 3-1 lead, only for Williams to peg her back to 3-3. "And in important moments, she stepped up and turned it around".

"I use a lot of sun protection, sunscreen".

"That's been the key to my success". She has been stretching it thin in these mandatory interactions.

Having made a habit of giving terse answers at her post-match media conferences in Singapore, the one that took place last night was again a quick affair. On Thursday, her 99-word exchange dripped disdain and sarcasm in equal measure. Not only in the second set; I think even in the first.

Ostapenko said on 'I really tried to enjoy every moment. "I feel like I should practice a little bit more, because I had three quite short matches".

Ostapenko had battled hard in her opening matches to no avail, especially in a grueling three-set loss to Williams, but she served brilliantly against Pliskova and found the corners with her booming forehand to end her season with a win. The Spaniard had won both of their meetings this year, most notably in the Wimbledon final, but Williams was able to exact revenge as she sealed her spot in the semifinals of the prestigious tournament, and she is still looking for her first title of the year.

The 37-year-old is now in action at the WTA Finals, and will go up against Caroline Garcia later this afternoon (12.30pm).

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