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Williams secures first win at Singapore finals

PICTURED: Venus Williams

VENUS WILLIAMS secured her first win at the WTA Finals in Singapore Finals after a thrilling second round robin victory against Jelena Ostapenko.

The former World No.1 beat the French Open finalist 7-5 6-7 7-5 in a rollercoaster encounter, with early breaks. Both players lost their opening matches and were seeking their first win.

Ostapenko led the first set 5-3. But, Williams then broke back, winning four games in row taking the first set 7-5.

The American, who won the Finals in 2008, failed to see out the second set tie break having missed match point.

Williams then broke the Latvian’s serve early in the third set. Only for Ostapenko to drill a winner down the line past the world no.5 to break back, immediately.

The third set saw the players struggle to hold their serves, both having to dig deep to save their games. Ostapenko failed to take her opportunities, allowing Williams back into the tense set.

Serving for the match eventually, a winner from Venus’s heavy backhand across court at 6-5 gets the match over the line for the 37-year old, after three hours and 13 minutes on court.

The seven-time Grand Slam winner plays world no2 Garbine Murguruza next to win a place in the semi-finals. The Spaniard lost in straight sets 2-6 2-6 to world no3 Karolina Pliskova.

Ostapenko is out of the WTA Finals, having lost her two matches.

Williams will need to win the tournament to have any chance returning to world no.1.
Speaking after the match, Venus Williams: “Sometimes we need some luck, I don't know it was luck, I just needed to work for every point as everyone is playing really well here.

"It's not easy to lose the first match … you have to fight, what else can you do except try to fight and live another day.”

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