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."