WTA Finals: Caroline Garcia prevails against Caroline Wozniacki to seal place in semis, Simona Halep out after Elina Svitolina loss

Caroline Garcia of France celebrates after beating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the last round robin match of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals on Oct 27, 2017.
Caroline Garcia of France celebrates after beating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the last round robin match of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals on Oct 27, 2017.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Caroline Garcia staged a great comeback against Caroline Wozniacki on Friday evening (Oct 27) at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

A 6-3, 6-4 win by Elina Svitolina over world No. 1 Simona Halep then ensured that Garcia would join Wozniacki in the semi-finals as winner of the Red Group.

Frenchwoman Garcia will play Venus Williams in the semi-finals while Karolina Pliskova plays Wozniacki.

In posting her first win over her Danish opponent in three meetings, Garcia took the match 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. It was her second win in the group stage.

Down 3-5 in the third set, Garcia won four straight games - including fighting off three break points to hold 6-5 - for the victory against Wozniacki.

It was a significant comeback, given how Wozniacki had handed Garcia a straightforward bagel in the opening set.

Said world No. 8 Garcia: "In the second set, I told myself to just try to play with greater intensity with my legs. I found some rhythm. It was up and down but I finished well."

Garcia is in top form, with back-to-back tournament victories in Wuhan and Beijing to qualify for her first WTA Finals. Having suffered a tough year with a recurring back injury, she said the ordeal has taught her to be a better player physically and mentally.

She said: "Sometimes it makes you stronger, what you've been through. I just kept believing more and I don't care what people say anymore."

Despite two disappointing losses in the group stage, Svitolina ensured she would finish her season with a feel-good win over the world's top-ranked player.

Said the Ukrainian: "It wasn't the best week for me. It was the last match of the season, I was playing very free. I'm happy to finish with a win in Singapore."