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

World No 1 Barty stunned at WTA Finals

World No 1 Barty stunned at WTA Finals

The victory has changed the equations on the top of the table and left the tournament wide open.

Barty then endured her own service woes against an increasingly aggressive Bertens, who showcased a soft touch at the net.

Bertens finally had something to cheer for when she bravely fended off multiple break points to seal the confidence-boosting hold in the opening game of the second set.

Bertens was a late alternative for world No.Three Naomi Osaka, who earlier within the day withdrew from the round-robin match as a outcome of a shoulder damage.

Bencic made her pay and broke again in the 12th game to snatch the first set and shortly after registered her first victory over Bertens in an abbreviated fourth matchup between the pair.

The Dutch world number 10 was forced to retire due to injury early in the second set.

Bertens had been in China this week in case of an injury to one of the eight players and had to step in to play Barty less than four hours after Osaka announced her withdrawal shortly before 07:00 GMT.

Beat Petra Kvitova and she will top the Red Group and advance to Saturday's semi-finals.

But the match flipped in the second set with Kvitova, the 2011 WTA Finals champion, rediscovering her lethal serve to force a decider. Within a blink of an eye, the Australian world number one fell behind 0-4, losing her eighth consecutive game, as her semifinal ticket looked in jeopardy.

The two-time Grand Slam victor, who was on a hot streak of 11 matches, withdrew from the season finale with a shoulder problem.

Kvitova had a alarm in the third sport of the predominant recount nevertheless saved two damage factors to preserve up her support, which used to be being centered by an aggressive Barty.

Talking about her injury, Osaka said: "It doesn't feel like it's anything more serious than muscular".

Power baseliner Kvitova won the first two - including in Melbourne in January - but Barty and her all-court game have grabbed the last three.

"When I woke up the day after it was throbbing". The energy was not there and I was a little bit dizzy. "Overall, I knew I had to come out here and play aggressively, and play to win".

Osaka won her first match of the tournament against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (1) 4-6 6-4 on Sunday.

It was similar scenario for Bencic and Bertens in the concluding match for the Red Group: winner-takes-all as the young Swiss, playing the tournament for the first time, aimed to join fellow debutante Barty, in the last four. "I was happy that at the end I was able to keep calm". She really does bring out the best in me. "I think now it's all about the mental strength to go through all of this".

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