Venus Williams advances to semis — WTA Finals

Venus Williams returns a shot from Sloane Stephens during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament,in New York. Venus Williams reached the semifinals at the WTA Finals by beating Wimbledon champion Garbin

Williams beats Muguruza to reach last four at WTA Finals

As reported, in the first match at the WTA Finals Ostapenko was defeated by Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 4-6, she then narrowly lost to Venus Willians 5-7, 7-6 (7:3), 5-7.

Venus Williams of the United States plays a backhand in her singles match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day 5 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global at Singapore Sports Hub on October 26, 2017 in Singapore. She traded serves, slammed winners and sprayed groundstrokes; she overstepped, she fell short.

Williams won the WTA Finals in 2008 and reached the final in 2009, the last time she qualified for the year-end tournament, which is open to the eight best players of the calendar year. "I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables", Williams said.

The second set was a lot more open, with Ostapenko rolling through Pliskova.

Before the second set, Muguruza's coach Sam Sumyk urged her to commit more to her shots, instructing the Wimbledon champion to "miss on your terms". "I think it will now feel like a normal tournament", she said.

Ostapenko ended her maiden WTA Finals campaign on a winning note with a surprisingly easy victory over a subdued Pliskova, the Latvian saving her best until last after she was eliminated earlier in the week.

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Williams is likely to face Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals while Karolina Pliskova will meet the runner-up in the Red Group, which will be decided on Friday.

"I'm just pretty much focused on Saturday (for the semi-finals) where I'll try to win again". The top-seeded Federer cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over 40th-ranked Benoit Paire in 57 minutes; fourth-seeded Del Potro beat Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4.

"I think she played very good in important moments, and I made few mistakes that I shouldn't", Muguruza said afterwards. "I wasn't playing my best tennis today, I was just trying to be calm, to not get insane and wait for my opportunity".

Ostapenko said on wtatennis.com: 'I really tried to enjoy every moment.

Both players knew a win would secure a passage to the semifinals as they held identical 1-1 records in White Group play at the season-ending event but the 37-year-old was stronger on the key points and moved brilliantly around the court to progress. "Wasn't being ever in this situation, so I felt weird today".

But, it was clear Williams was hell-bent on making sure her ideal record of reaching the semi-finals of the WTA Finals remains intact.

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