Both Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia look to notch their first ever win at the WTA Finals after disappointing first round displays – they meet each other on Wednesday to maintain their hopes of qualifying out of the White Group. Read on for the preview…
 Elina Svitolina (No.4) vs  Caroline Garcia (No.8)
Svitolina’s route to this stage
RR1: i.  Caroline Wozniacki, 2-6 0-6
Garcia’s route to this stage
RR1: i.  Simona Halep, 4-6 1-6
Even though Elina Svitolina came into the WTA Finals inexperienced with the Singapore courts, many felt like Svitolina would excel here as the court characteristics actually suit her game. However, her inexperience proved to be a factor in her loss to veteran Caroline Wozniacki. Although Svitolina played a decent four games, going for her shots, she started missing and was really making way too many uncharacteristic errors. In the end, it ended up in a second set bagel for the Ukrainian. Svitolina commented on her game during press in the tweet below:
Caroline Garcia was coming into Singapore as the most in-form player, having won back-to-back Premier titles in Wuhan and Beijing and on an 11-match winning streak. However, that winning streak ended in the hands of World No.1 Simona Halep, where the Frenchwoman’s inexperience in big matches and the special Singapore courts cost her the match. Whilst Garcia’s big-hitting mentality can be awesome to watch at times, it also comes with inconsistency and she definitely wasn’t able to find the consistency throughout the match, slowly fading away in the second set with a real lack of plan.
Head to head: The pair’s head to head is tied at one win apiece with their last encounter just a couple of weeks ago in Beijing, where Garcia saved a match point to win 6-7(5) 7-5 7-6(6).
Stat: Even with their disappointing starts to the WTA Finals, don’t blame them as the four players that were new to the Singapore courts (Venus Williams, Jelena Ostapenko, Svitolina and Garcia) went 0-8 in sets. (stat taken from WTA Insider)
Thoughts: I don’t really see their first matches obstructing their way in the Finals this week – both were really reflective during their respective press conferences and after their first match on the Singapore court, they should be more adapted to the conditions. On this slow court, I still think it really suits Svitolina’s game and she is a player who’s mental strength is really strong and doesn’t mull on her losses. A solid and consistent play from the World No.4 should be able to send herself into the mix of qualifying for the semifinals again.