Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

US Open champion Osaka says fame won’t affect her game

US Open champion Osaka says fame won’t affect her game

Karolina Pliskova issued a warning to her opponents at the WTA Finals with a convincing straight-sets victory against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki.

"I'm really excited to be back here in Singapore", Kerber said.

Said the Czech, "I'm just happy that I got this top win against a top player". "Like for example, if I didn't act as weird as I am, right, if I was just, like, sort of like a robot with the yes-and-no questions, I feel like that wouldn't really be true to myself or anything".

The Ukrainian had not beaten her opponent in their past seven encounters, and had never even taken a set off the Czech since 2015.

"Winning a grand slam and finishing No 1, I think it's the most that I could ask for".

However, it was Pliskova who managed to impose her big-serving game over Wozniacki's counter-punching style, as she broke the Dane's service games early and then held the Australian Open victor at bay when she tried to mount a comeback, saving an astonishing 10 out of 10 break points.

In Singapore today, October 19, was held the draw for the Final of the 2018 tournament the Women's tennis Association with participation of eight strongest tennis players of the planet.

Svitolina will be back in action against Karolina Pliskova, who beat Caroline Wozniacki in the day's other match, on Tuesday and is fuelled by a determination to show she belongs in the season-ending tournament. "So I have some moments when I get blocked still, but it's not that bad as I'm playing tennis".

But Osaka has a chance to finish a memorable year on a high in Singapore, which starts on Sunday.

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Kvitova, meanwhile, remained upbeat despite her loss, as she has two more matches in the round-robin stage to revive her hopes of advancing to the semi-finals.

"I think she started a little bit nervous, because it's always tough to defend a title", Pliskova explained in her post-match comments.

The 21-year-old stunned 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in a controversial final at Flushing Meadows in September.

In the Red Group on Monday, Japan's US Open champion plays American Sloane Stephens, while top seed Angelique Kerber, from Germany, meets the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens.

"Winning this match, definitely gives me lots of confidence". Six of Kvitova's seven double faults came in the first set.

"I don't know what is wrong with me, but, you know, it's the end of the season", she said.

"I just want to compete and, after this tournament is over, maybe I can think about being satisfied".

"Also, I'm proud that I could come back stronger and I could make a better result".

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