Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams made their way into the title match of the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, beating Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Garcia, respectively.
The sixth-seeded Wozniacki squeezed through the first set against the third-seeded Pliskova in a tiebreak, which came after 12 tight games, 10 of which featured break points. Wozniacki fended off three set points in an 11-minute tenth game to hold for 5-all and then in the tiebreak Pliskova saved five set points to go from 1-6 to 6-all. Pliskova then blew three more set points of her own, before Wozniacki prevailed.
In the 82-minute first set Wozniacki hit just nine unforced errors! In the second set, Wozniacki’s impressively made no unforced errors and her defense forced Pliskova to make some crucial mistakes, so the Dane recorded three out of the set’s five breaks of serve. Final score: 7-6(9) 6-3.
In the second semifinal, fifth seed Venus Williams rallied to beat tournament debutante Caroline Garcia 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3, saving as many as 12 out of 13 break points.
Williams holds a 7-0 winning career record over Wozniacki, having lost only one of 15 sets they have played. The big final is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time on Sunday.