Number one Halep crashes out of WTA Finals

Elina Svitolina may be dangerously close to being eliminated from the WTA Finals in Singapore, but her breakout 2017 is nothing to be ashamed of.

Points swing from the first set to the second, when she had 35, as Caroline Garcia turned the match around.

Garcia recovered from a desperate first set to beat Wozniacki 0-6 6-3 7-5, and then had to wait for the result of the final round-robin match in Singapore. I didn't feel the ball, I don't know why. If I make it through, I'm No. 1 (in the group)?

"There is no such a thing as a comfortable player on tour, especially at this tournament", Svitolina said of her success against Halep this year. First, there was Taipei City, where she only dropped one set.

There was a much tougher match for eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France, who outlasted Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-7 (7) 6-3, 7-5 in a grueling encounter. She was reading very well my game. ' Discussing her match, she added, 'One point, maybe, decided the match, but I missed my chances. I kept the intensity on and kept trying to find a way.

"Those guys, as well, who are back in Ukraine who were supporting me this week". The other, against Svitolina on Wednesday, had involved a similar comeback from 3-5 down in the rubber.

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Garcia's dream debut will continue on Saturday with a semi-final against an evergreen Venus Williams, while Woznaicki takes on White Group victor Karolina Pliskova, who can replace Halep as world No.1 if she wins the tournament on Sunday.

But while Svitolina played without inhibition, Halep struggled for rhythm.

Indeed, it was just not the world No. 1's day.

Still, she is not about to let another edition of the season finale - she has now failed to make the last four for three years in a row - be a dampener on her season.

"I did everything I could and I wanted to win it, but just didn't happen", Halep said after her loss to Svitolina. "Physically, I'm feeling good on court and it's great to still be fit at this end of the season, so there's a lot of positives to take away".

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