Wozniacki fends off Pliskova to reach Singapore final

Caroline Wozniacki | WTA Finals 2017 Singapore

With Wozniacki serving for the title at 5-3, Williams outlasted her younger opponent in a gruelling rally before then hitting a sublime forehand passing shot to get back on serve.

From 3-3 in the second set, Wozniacki won 12 of the last 15 points to take her place in the final. She will be aiming to end a nine-year WTA Finals title drought when she plays Wozniacki on Sunday.

Caroline Garcia has made a habit out of winning from hard positions and the Frenchwoman needed to call on her ability to turn around a tough situation once more on Friday to ride her momentum into the last four of the WTA Finals.

Garcia was the form player coming into the event having won back-to-back titles in China to claim the final spot and looked on course to continue the journey when she bossed the first set tie-break.

"Well, Venus, I have had a tough match-up against her in the past, but I haven't played her in a while", said Wozniacki, who last played the American at the 2015 Miami Open.

Caroline Wozniacki stood her ground in the face of some incredible early pressure before pulling away from Karolina Pliskova to eke out a 7-6 (9) 6-3 victory in a captivating semi-final showdown at the WTA Finals Saturday.

Williams then won four straight games but Wozniacki, 27, converted her second Championship point to beat the American for the first time.

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Experience at this level can make a huge difference, and as well as winning the title in 2008, she reached the final the year after, losing to sister Serena Williams.

This was the 3rd meeting between these two and it was a very competitive match, maybe not the best in terms of quality but the crowd could really enjoy from start to finish. Finally, she started to make a couple of mistakes and I kept the intensity up, kept trying to find a way. "But if I can win in two sets, I'm sure I would be just as happy about it, and my team would be even more".

The Dane lost in the final of this even in Doha in 2010 and has also suffered defeat in two US Open finals but she continued her week in Singapore with a dominant display to end Pliskova's season and year-end no 1 dream. She knows how to manage these kind of matches and I will have... "I hope I'll still be part of the game".

Standing in Wozniacki's way will be 37-year-old Venus Williams who also has the chance to put a host of near misses this season behind her.

"I started thinking I should have lost this set already, so actually this is just a bonus. So I had a lot of talks with myself at that point". She had a set point before we got to the tiebreaker.

Wozniacki seemed headed for a third straight win after dominating in the early stages, making just one unforced error as she raced through the first set in 22 minutes.

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