Venus Williams got the perfect revenge over her Wimbledon final defeat, by clinching a 7-5 6-4 victory over Garbine Muguruza in an epic WTA Finals round-robin match.
The victory confirms the 37 year-old’s passage to Saturday’s semi finals, where she is likely to face Caroline Wozniacki. Williams amazed the crowd with some fantastic tennis, and clinched the victory after Muguruza netted.
Both players knew going into the match that victory would seal a semi final slot and it was Muguruza who made the more impressive start, breaking Williams to lead 4-3. However, the American soon broke back and, after holding consecutive serves, took her third set point on the Muguruza serve.
The second set was high on drama and quality, with six breaks of serve shared between the two players. The American was able to hold comfortably to force Muguruza to serve to stay in the competition, where Williams was able to ramp up the pressure to take a second match point and continue her impressive year.
Muguruza will be disappointed to exit in the round-robin stages but can be proud of her year. She will go into 2018 as a strong favourite for all the Grand Slam tournaments and will enjoy a deserved break in the off-season.
Ostapenko ends year with victory
Jelena Ostapenko overcame Karolina Pliskova in convincing style, defeating the Czech 6-3 6-1. Pliskova, who has already qualified for Saturday’s semi finals, struggled to overcome Ostapenko’s power as the Latvian controlled the match throughout.
Ostapenko hit an impressive 25 winners and looked more assured on her second serve, winning 72% of points. The performance was a stark contrast to her previous two round-robin encounters, in which the French Open champion struggled on her serve and made too many unforced errors.
The victory means that Ostapenko ends 2017 having defeated four of the top five, amassing over 5,000 ranking points and earn over $3.5m.
Pliskova, who had already sealed her semi final berth, found the surface difficult and had no answers to Ostapenko’s decisive shot making. The Czech seemed rattled, winning just 57% of her first service points and making an eye-watering 17 unforced errors. She will have to recover quickly if she is to make the final on her WTA Finals debut.