Caroline Wozniacki overcame a mid-match wobble and withstood a barrage of big hitting to get her WTA Finals title defence back on track with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory over Petra Kvitova at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.
Svitolina, who had defeated another Czech, Petra Kvitova, on Sunday 6-3 6-3, now needs to win just one more set against the Dane Caroline Wozniacki to reach the semifinals.
Kvitova mixed trademark power with exquisite touch but was matched by Wozniacki's dogged counterattacks.
"I served well, returned well and moved well", Wozniacki said after the match.
It took until game eight for the first break of the match when Wozniacki followed up a fierce backhand with a thumping forehand victor. "So, I just stayed focused and got a lot of balls back".
Kvitova took control of the second set with an early break, then lost momentum when Wozniacki took a timeout for treatment on her knee.
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That danger was quelled and, with Kvitova serving to stay in the set, Wozniacki saw another set point go missing before the third time proved a charm when the Czech put a forehand into the net.
The Australian Open champion finally broke in the ninth game -- her first of the tournament after botching 10 break points against Pliskova.
The Ukrainian Svitolina, who beat Kvitova in her opening match, takes on big-serving Czech Pliskova in Tuesday's second match with the victor nearly virtually assured of advancing to the last four.
The Ukrainian Svitolina, who beat Kvitova in her opening match, defeated the big-serving Czech Pliskova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in yesterday's second White Group match, with the victor nearly virtually assured of advancing to the last four.
Pliskova would break her opponent again on 5-2 to take it to a third set. Yastremska gave only three games in two sets by spending a little more than an hour for the final. "I had the belief and fought to the end".
She asked for a physio midway through the set after experiencing pain in her left knee, before Kvitova, 28, levelled the match in a set in which she secured four breaks of serve. "I think it worked well for me today, and I just tried to make her feel uncomfortable and make her feel like she couldn't be in position all the time, and it worked well for me".