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Osaka drawn with two other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals

Osaka drawn with two other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals

Seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic stunned fifth-seeded defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 6-3 in a clash between the former world No. 1s in the White Group of the WTA Finals here.

After leaving the stage and taking a few minutes to compose herself, Svitolina refused to elaborate on the exact nature of her illness, saying "I'm just not feeling good" when asked what the problem was. "I had to stay focused and be strong mentally".

The Ukrainian had not beaten her opponent in their past seven encounters, and had never even taken a set off the Czech since 2015. I know that I have to go forward, to play more aggressive.

"Last year I was maybe too emotional, just not there competing against the opponent".

However, it was Pliskova who managed to impose her big-serving game over Wozniacki's counter-punching style, as she broke the Dane's service games early and then held the Australian Open victor at bay when she tried to mount a comeback, saving an astonishing 10 out of 10 break points.

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"I think I didn't play that bad, as the score looked like, but I did have those chances when I had like 30-Love on her serve". But on the way to the airport, I got the call.

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The women's tennis season concludes at the WTA Finals in Singapore next week and, like a majority of tournaments during the 2018 campaign, picking a victor from a wide-open field seems a near impossible task.

"I hope it's going to be a little bit more relaxed from now on".

NAOMI OSAKA, who won her first two tennis titles this season, notes that people would dislike someone no matter what if their minds have been made up. "I think it doesn't matter in which group you are, we are the eight best players in the world right now, so I'm feeling good and ready to go".

With Serena Williams battling to regain fitness and top form following a hard childbirth in 2017, the Grand Slams went to four different women for the second consecutive year.

Monday's order of play begins with a battle of US Open champions, No.3 seed Naomi Osaka and No.5 seed Sloane Stephens, followed by Kerber's first match against No.8 seed Kiki Bertens. Six of Kvitova's seven double faults came in the first set.

"Definitely was very important for me".

"Life makes me happy".

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