Venus Williams becomes oldest finalist — WTA Finals

Posted October 30, 2017

Former World No.1 Wozniacki stepped on the gas early in the second set, breaking in the opening game and cruising into a 5-0 lead, but 10-time Grand Slam champion Williams was not going down without a fight, winning four games on the bounce to put the pressure on.

Williams beats the benchmark set by Martina Navratilova who reached the final aged 36 in 1992 and will now take on Wozniacki for a second WTA Finals title having won it nine years ago in 2008. "With this experience of the WTA Finals, I feel like I have so much more things to keep working on". Garcia had expected the rallies to be long, but it looked as though Williams was stretching out a few sore muscles at the start f the match, and the rallies because shorter as she picked up the aggression.

"Every time I thought I had her, she would play incredible shots... but it's never over until the fat lady sings and I'm not fat", joked Williams, who won the tournament in 2008.

Wozniacki will contest her second final at the season-ending event after subduing the Czech 7-6 (9), 6-3 to set up a showdown against an evergreen Venus Williams, who won a tight three-setter against Caroline Garcia.

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"I just talked to my coach before the match that this system, I don't like", she said.

Wozniacki's triumph was her second of the season in eight finals after she successfully defended her Pan Pacific Open title in Tokyo last month.

While it has been hard to get much out of Williams in her post match press conferences, the one message that has been consistent is that her focus is all about getting the W.

Garcia was naturally disappointed to have lost out to Williams but keen to highlight how satisfying her season had been since opting to forego Fed Cup duties for her country to concentrate on her singles game. I think in the second and third (sets) I was able to figure it out a little more. Although Garcia also committed some errors of her own, she was quick to regain her composure and eventually closed out the set after an hour and five minutes of play. "I hope I'll still be part of the game".

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Simona Halep has only just been crowned as year-end World No.1, but she says she knows her 2018 will be complicated by the return of Serena Williams and the first full year back for Maria Sharapova.

Caroline Wozniacki's conversations with herself during her two hours on court bordered on suicidal.

The match was entering the 3rd hour but they still had a lot to offer, playing some high-quality tennis at the start of the final set, with 7 easy holds on both sides.

"I think it's been an wonderful journey and fantastic career that I can be proud of", the 37-year-old Hingis said.

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"I'm just happy I got that first set under my belt". Even though she has seemed largely disinterested in engaging with us about her thoughts on the tournament, there has been no mistaking her desire to want this title.