Venus advances, Ostapenko eliminated
Singapore: United States' tennis player Venus Williams on Thursday defeated Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza 7-5, 6-4, to book a place in Singapore's WTA Finals last four for the fifth time in her career.
In her first appearance in the season-ending tournament since 2009, Venus ended Muguruza's run in the event, reports Efe.
Caracas-born Spaniard Muguruza was in need of a win over Venus to secure a place in the last-four round for the second time in her career.
Committing 32 unforced errors, Muguruza could not repeat her win over the seven-time Grand Slam champion in the Wimbledon final earlier this year. The 37-year-old Venus reached the semis in each of the four previous participations in the tournament, winning the title in 2008 and losing the 2009 final to her sister Serena Williams. Venus joined Czech Karolina Pliskova, the White Group winner, in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko was eliminated from the BNP Paribas WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on Thursday, despite defeating third-seeded Caroline Pliskova.
The 20-year-old Latvian, who beat the Czech Republic's Pliskova 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and six minutes, left the tournament because she had been defeated by the United States' Venus Williams and Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza in previous White Group matches, reports Efe.