2018 WTA Finals Singapore Day 5 Previews: Kvitova vs Pliskova, Wozniacki vs Svitolina

The last round robin matches ever in Singapore is about to come to an end and it’s an exciting prospect that all eight players are still in the running for the four semifinal spots. It’s White Group taking centre stage today – read on for previews of Pliskova-Kvitova and Wozniacki-Svitolina…

WTA Finals Singapore, Round Robin

Caroline Wozniacki scored a huge win to keep her semifinal hopes alive after a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory over Petra Kvitova. It was a good watch with Kvitova’s attacking coming up against Wozniacki’s stellar defensive skills. The court conditions clearly favoured Wozniacki as she was able to continually retrieve balls, yet Kvitova gave her all as she started to find her range towards the end of the second set. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to bring the momentum into the third as a solid Wozniacki sealed the victory over a tiring and fatigued Petra. While this win puts Kvitova to 0-2 in her round robin matches, she still has a chance to qualify if she is able to beat Pliskova in straight sets, and if Svitolina beats Wozniacki in straight sets.

Another round robin match went the distance in the Singapore Indoor Stadium as Elina Svitolina scored a second victory over Karolina Pliskova in a 6-3 2-6 6-3 scoreline. This was actually a very high quality match with both players playing their best tennis in a long, long while. While Pliskova was the one striking more aggressively, it was Svitolina who found her range on the important points and was the more solid player of the two. Svitolina’s first serve had way more vigour than in her previous matches, and even struck eight to Pliskova’s six! Svitolina ended the match with 29 winners to 18 unforced errors.

1. [4] Petra Kvitova vs [6] Karolina Pliskova

Qualification scenarios: If Pliskova wins, she qualifies and Kvitova is eliminated.

If Kvitova wins in straight sets, she will need Svitolina to beat Wozniacki in straight sets to qualify. Svitolina’s qualification will also be confirmed with Kvitova’s 2-set win.

If Kvitova wins in three sets, Kvitova will be eliminated and Svitolina qualifies.

Head to head: Kvitova leads the head to head 3-0, with their previous meeting coming earlier this year in Madrid which Petra won, 7-6(4) 6-3.

Thoughts: Kvitova needed her best tennis to outlast Pliskova on the clay courts of Madrid. Kvitova tends to peak in big matches but on this slow court in Singapore and with her having a second half of the season burnout, I don’t really think she’ll be able to bring her best level out onto the court. IMO, Pliskova is playing her best tennis of the entire season at a moment but she’ll need to be more consistent and steady than she did against Svitolina to seal a victory. Think she can do it…

Final Prediction: Karolina Pliskova d. Petra Kvitova in three sets

2. [2] Caroline Wozniacki vs [7] Elina Svitolina

Qualification scenarios: Dependent on the first match –

So long Wozniacki wins in straight sets, she qualifies and Kvitova is eliminated.

So long Svitolina wins, she qualifies and Wozniacki is eliminated.

Head to head: Svitolina leads the head to head 3-1, however Wozniacki won their most recent match back in Singapore last year with a 6-2 6-0 shutout.

Thoughts: This result could be dependent on the first match as Svitolina might not want to give it her all if she has already qualified, but I don’t think she’s the type to do so and will just be wanting to get the win. This should be a good match-up for Svitolina as Wozniacki usually finds it tough to outhit her, and the Dane is definitely not playing as aggressive as she did last year. Svitolina in straights? I think so…

Final Prediction: Elina Svitolina d. Caroline Wozniacki in two sets

Thanks for reading! Check out my Singapore predictions here or at the top of the page!

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