WTA Finals: Elina Svitolina Hits Form To Storm Into Semis

Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu The Canadian Press

U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu will have a scan on her injured left knee before deciding whether she will continue at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen following her retirement from her match against Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday. I could barely bend my knee.

Halep grabbed the first break in the second set, but Svitolina returned the blow twice and then survived two break points on his way to serve for an impressive victory.

Svitolina, the only competitor in the eight-player field not to win a title this season, last won a tournament at last year's WTA Finals.

"I don't want to stop", Andreescu responded, but the injury eventually became too much for the Canadian to overcome.

"I was really pumped for today but I'm sorry she had to retire".

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Svitolina got off to a quick start, winning 14 of the first 18 points to jump to a 3-0 lead.

Svitolina, who will finish top of the Purple Group, had the better of long baseline rallies against her uncharacteristically errant Romanian opponent, who finished with 38 unforced errors.

Andreescu had won the first two games, with Pliskova serving at 30-15 in the third game, when she came up limping after returning a serve and took a medical timeout. "Hopefully I can keep up this level and play well at the next match as well", Svitolina said on court after the win.

Andreescu had been badly hobbling since early in the match when she "heard a crack" as she returned the ball while up a break.

"I fought with the pain as much as I could".

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Like how she started, a sloppy Halep misfired in the 12th game as she handed Svitolina the first set with a slew of unforced errors.

"Today was a challenge because she's nearly 10 years younger than me", Halep said. "Of course there's some kind of pressure because you're losing (ranking) points, but I always take it like I've played well here before, so I can do it again".

Wimbledon champion Halep, for her part, was frustrated by her play. "I really can't complain". She did not lose her advantage and secured a place in the semifinals of the WTA Final Tournament.

Andreescu, 19, has four tournament championships in 2019, including a win at Toronto's Rogers Cup and the subsequent Grand Slam title in Flushing, N.Y.

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