Jelena Ostapenko ends breakout year on a high with first WTA Finals win
Jelena Ostapenko ended her maiden WTA Finals campaign on a winning note with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Karolina Pliskova on Thursday.tennis Updated: Oct 26, 2017 15:57 IST
Jelena Ostapenko was in fine form as she claimed her first WTA Finals victory, inflicting White Group winner Karolina Pliskova’s first defeat of the competition by prevailing 6-3 6-1.
Ostapenko was already eliminated having lost her opening two matches against Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams, while back-to-back triumphs had clinched top spot for Pliskova.
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.
It ensured Ostapenko ended a breakout year in which she won the French Open in victorious fashion, while Pliskova will need to pick herself up ahead of the semi-finals.
Ostapenko saved three break points to hold her opening service game but – as she has with regularity in Singapore – failed to consolidate after winning against serve with her big shots missing.
Pliskova wilted under Ostapenko’s aggression, the 20-year-old reeling off a fourth straight game to take the first set with a whipped forehand.
The Latvian was growing in confidence and went a break up in the second after a double fault from the Czech, and she did not look back from there.
Ostapenko claimed another break before serving out the match, a wide forehand from Pliskova ending the contest on the first of three match points.