Published: Mon, November 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Svitolina hits form to storm into semis of WTA finals

Svitolina hits form to storm into semis of WTA finals

Karolina Pliskova stayed alive in the Purple Group advancing when Bianca Andreescu retired after dropping the first set 6-3.

Andreescu required a doctor downtime in the third game of the game after stretching for a point and was forced to retire after Pliskova took the first set 6-3.

And judging from the conversation she had with her trainer during the first set, it sounds like Andreescu's knee injury has the potential to be significant.

The 19-year-old, who became Canada's first ever grand slam singles victor after triumphing at the US Open in September, was forced to retire at 3-6 against Karolina Pliskova.

Svitolina, the No.8 seed, won her seventh straight match at the season-ending event in one hour, 39 minutes.

"Honestly, I really didn't know what to do", she said.

Andreescu said after the Halep match that she was having trouble with her back, but the pain cleared up after treatment. "I think every player tries to work for that moment when the opponent has no answer".

"It's been wonderful", Andreescu said of her season.

Pliskova said she was excited about her upcoming must-win match against Halep.

"It was an extremely physical match and we were both chasing a lot of balls and we left a lot of energy out on the court", said Svitolina.

The Wimbledon Champion, who is now World No. 5, arrived in Shenzhen after a rather mediocre performance in the Asian Swing and US Open Series.

The 25-year-old is hoping to end a barren season on a high having failed to win a title since last year's WTA Finals triumph.

"I was still playing very solid today and my defence was very good so I'm very happy about that".

"Honestly, I really didn't know what to do". "I made history in Canada".

Pliskova, who had won all three of her previous opening matches at the WTA Finals, leads the tour with four titles this season - winning in Brisbane, Rome, Eastbourne and Zhengzhou. "Doesn't matter how bad injured she is, how bad she feels, I just wanted to win, get this victory to keep myself in the tournament, which happened, of course not in the best way". Hopefully I can recover quick after this.

Svitolina had a dizzying start when he reached a 3-0 lead but was dragged by Halep, who then lost the opportunity to separate.

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