Halep defends her title of number 1 in Singapore

Halep serves up a treat

An emotional Garcia was reduced to tears during the second set after calling for her father and coach, Louis Paul, for some words of inspiration and fought back to force a deciding set before getting herself out of a hole to stay in the hunt for a semi-final spot.

Pliskova, who already had a 6-2 lead in a head-to-head count against the Spaniard, has defeated the 2017 Wimbledon victor and increased the lead to 7-2 with a straight set win. The French player beat Svitolina for the second time this month, after that in Beijing they played a +3 hour quarter-final match.

The rankings show Halep as the world leader and Wozniacki in sixth but the Romanian was utterly outclassed as her opponent raced through the first set in 23 minutes on the back of a 94 percent first serve success rate. In the loss, Halep won 54 percent of her first serve points and 27 percent of her second serve points. "I made too many mistakes and she just didn't miss", Halep told reporters.

The Danish star continued her form from her opening match of the tournament when she lost just two games to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in a comfortable straight sets win.

Garcia said the disappointment of losing the set was overwhelming. The first set looked all to be over when the Dane held her serve to love, being just a game away from winning the set.

"It's a great match for me to play and it's another player who is moving well on court, giving few free points". "I'll try to forget this day and try to play my next game as if nothing had happened", said the Ukrainian, dépitée.

Halep will hope to advance with a win over Svitolina on Friday, while Garcia faces the unenviable task of taking on Wozniacki with the world number eight needing a victory to stand any chance of reaching the last four.

"[Wozniacki] played some great two matches".

However, Halep quickly grew in confidence and she gained a decisive break in the ninth game of the match, thanks in part to two costly double faults from the French player, and secured the opening set with a precise backhand victor. This thing could really go either way.

A rattled Halep said she needed to regroup from the one-sided rout.

I like Halep here.

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