If Tuesday’s first game at the WTA Finals between Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko was much longer than expected (three hours and 13 minutes), the second has surprised the opposite. Karolina Pliskova came on for Garbiñe Muguruza in 62 minutes; winning 6-2, 6-2.
Within the ugly result of this embarrassing defeat, the best thing is that the bulge of the result does not matter. The accounts are clear: Garbiñe will pass to the semifinals if on Thursday she defeats Venus anyway, in two or three sets. If she loses, she will have to pack her bags and leave Singapore for Spain.
In an authentic party madness, a roller coaster of winning strokes (74), errors not cleared (69), double faults (23) and, most importantly and strikingly, service breakouts (20), Venus Williams ended up pointing one suffered victory against Jelena Ostapenko, her first in the WTA Finals; winning 7-5, 6-7 (3) and 7-5.
Venus is still alive and dependent on herself to get into the semifinals on Saturday, while the Latvian (0-2 in her locker) is already eliminated , because she needed Garbiñe Muguruza to beat Karolina Pliskova to continue with options and that did not happen.
After all said and done, the clash between Venus and Muguruza is going to be “winners take all match.”
The second match in the White group between Jelena Ostapenko and Karolina Pliskova was played earlier today with the former causing an upset as she ran away with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.