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Ostapenko outdoes Pliskova in Singapore upset

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No.7 seed Latvian Jelena Ostapenko put a halt to Karolina Pliskova’s pristine run through the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, as the Latvian dismantled the 3rd-seeded Czech on Thursday, 6-3, 6-1.

In a match where the fates of both players had been settled -- Pliskova had already clinched first place in the White Group, while it was impossible for Ostapenko to advance to the semifinals -- it was the deep, heavy hitting of the Latvian which gave her a maiden victory over Pliskova, after losing their first two meetings. 

"It was my last match here today," Ostapenko said during her post-match press conference. "I really tried to enjoy every moment. I think I was playing quite relaxed, and I just showed my best today."

"You have to be really prepared for every match, because players who get here, they play on a very high level, and every match will be a battle," Ostapenko surmised.

Pliskova dropped only four games in each of her two initial round-robin wins over Venus Williams and Garbiñe Muguruza, but she had no answer for Ostapenko, whose risky, powerful game was in the form which led her to the French Open title earlier this year.

Ostapenko hit an astounding 25 winners to only 14 unforced errors in the match, ands. won an excellent 72 percent of the points on her usually shaky second serve. But Pliskova's typically overwhelming game yielded only eight winners, which were overshadowed by 17 unforced errors, including five double faults.

"I was returning her serve very well, it gave me a lot of advantages," Ostapenko continued. "Also, I was serving pretty well today, better than the other days. I was not, I think, missing that many balls, like making that many unforced errors and still making a lot of winners."


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