Venus Williams oldest finalist in WTA Finals history

Venus Williams oldest finalist in WTA Finals history

Wozniacki was flawless for an hour as she raced to a set and 5-0 lead but Williams is renowned for an insatiable desire to win and the 37-year-old reeled off four games in a row before her increasingly anxious opponent finally closed out the match.

The pair traded early breaks of serve before Wozniacki won an incredible rally to break again at 4-3 in the opening set, only for Williams to hit back in the very next game.

But it was Wozniacki's day though and, after hitting her first Championship point long, a flawless backhand saw her break serve and seal her second title of 2017 following last month's Pan-Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Caroline Garcia has made a habit out of winning from hard positions and the Frenchwoman needed to call on her ability to turn around a tough situation once more on Friday to ride her momentum into the last four of the WTA Finals.

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Both players became incredibly solid on their serves as the match progressed, but Williams was still more the shaky player as Garcia earned yet another break point in the sixth game.

"She competed so well this whole tournament and every time I thought I was getting close she would play awesome", Williams said of Garcia. "Then we kind of went hand-in-hand and she had set points before we got to the tiebreaker", Wozniacki said.

Garcia had claimed the final spot in the season finale after winning successive WTA titles at the Wuhan and China Open, but her impressive form was ended by 2008 champion Williams. "That's why I think I won these two matches", Garcia said.

Williams' trademark serve and her powerful groundstrokes started dictating, as she stormed through the second set in just 41 minutes. She had set points and missed opportunities, I knew that that she was hurting too.

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Simona Halep officially locked in the year-end WTA No. 1 ranking on Saturday after Karolina Pliskova fell in the semifinals of the WTA Singapore year-end event. "But if I can win in two sets, I'm sure I would be just as happy about it, and my team would be even more". "It feels great to be in the final and I have been playing some great tennis this week", Wozniacki said in a courtside interview.

"I feel like I should have won that match, but it is what it is", she said.

"She has had an awesome season this year with two finals in grand slams".

"I started thinking I should have lost this set already, so actually this is just a bonus".

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"I think it's been an awesome journey and unbelievable career that I can be proud of", the 37-year-old Hingis said. "So I had a lot of talks with myself at that point". The set was then brought into a tiebreak to decide its victor, but Williams had a very poor start as she threw in two double-faults on her first service points. Even though she has seemed largely disinterested in engaging with us about her thoughts on the tournament, there has been no mistaking her desire to want this title.