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WTA Finals Singapore: Simona Halep defeats Caroline Garcia in Red Group first match

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, 1st WTA, has defeated Caroline Garcia on Monday 6-4, 6-2 at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Simona Halep had an excellent start to her final tournament of the season, racing past No.8 seed Caroline Garcia, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday, in the first round-robin match for both players at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

This was the first match on tour for both Halep and Garcia since their most recent meeting in the final of the China Open two weeks ago. There, Garcia claimed her first victory over Halep, clinching back-to-back titles at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open and the China Open, and putting her into the Singapore field, wtatennis.com informs.

On Monday, though, Halep avenged that loss in a swift 87 minutes, extending her head-to-head record against Garcia to 3-1, and ending the Frenchwoman’s 11-match winning streak. Halep opens her WTA Finals campaign by jumping to a 1-0 record in the Red Group.

Halep shrugged off a tight first set to dominate play in the second, finishing the match with 13 winners, including 4 aces, to only 11 unforced errors. Garcia also had 13 winners, but those were negated by 18 unforced errors, and the Frenchwoman only converted one break point out of eight opportunities.

The second set featured longer rallies, as the combatants dared to move their opponents all around the court with audacious play. But it was Halep who tended to get the better of Garcia as the match wore on.

The Romanian’s increasingly sterling backhand forced an error from Garcia down break point, ceding the first break of the second set for a 2-1 lead. Garcia dropped her next service game as well, as Halep hit a backhand winner down the line to lead 4-1. Halep then held to win her fifth straight game, and victory was in sight.

Serving for the match at 5-2, the No.1 seed survived some nervy moments early in the game, and a shanked forehand service return by Garcia brought up the first match point. Another unforced error off the forehand side by Garcia gave Halep, the 2014 WTA Finals runner-up, her first round-robin win.

Also on Monday Caroline Wosniaki has defeated Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-0.

On Sunday, in White Group, Karolina Pliskova defeated Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2 and Garbine Muguruza defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-4.

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