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Svitolina fights past Bertens to secure first WTA final

Singapore, Oct 27 (IANS) Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina on Saturday battled past debutant Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 to reach the final round of the eight-player, season-ending Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals.

As Bertens’ defensive backhand went wide, Svitolina shouted in triumph after a hard-fought two hours and 38 minutes on the court, reports Efe news.

“It was such a tough battle today and I’m very happy I could win in the end. It means a lot to me,” Svitolina said after the victory, as quoted on the WTA’s website.

In such an evenly-matched struggle – Svitolina won 114 points, just three more than her opponent – small details were what shifted the balance of power in the Ukrainian’s favor, as she had to cope with Bertens’ 41 winners and seven aces.

Svitolina, the sixth seed, managed to seize on five out of eight break points she faced, and although the Dutch player created nine break points, she was able to convert only three of them.

Heading to her biggest career final, Svitolina will seek her 13th career title and fourth this season, following the Brisbane International, Dubai Tennis Championships and Italian Open.

Next up for Svitolina will be the winner of the other semifinal match between Sloane Stephens of the United States and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

–IANS
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