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Caroline Garcia digs deep to find winning formula once more — WTA Finals

Caroline Garcia digs deep to find winning formula once more — WTA Finals

However, the Dane could not finish the job despite serving for the match and getting within two points of victory.

"Yeah? I don't even know".

Wozniacki is now 2-0 at the season-ending tournament, while Halep is 1-1. "But if I can win in two sets, I'm sure I would be just as happy about it, and my team would be even more".

Granted, there was a "heat of the moment" element to Svitolina's comments, given that she was speaking in the immediate aftermath of a frustrating three-set loss to Caroline Garcia - a match she really should have won. Yesterday, from winning a measly seven points in the first set when Wozniacki dished out her third bagel in as many matches, Garcia stepped up considerably to win 35 in the following set, breaking Wozniacki's serve thrice in the second set.

The 26-year-old said: "Of course, I did everything I could and I wanted to win it, but it just didn't happen".

A defiant Halep said she would not stew over the early exit.

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Svitolina, victor of no fewer than five titles this year, showed her mettle with a quick break in the third set, and after conceding a break back, fired up her backhand to make two cross-court winners past the net-bound Garcia. "I just have been feeling good and am playing at a high level".

Already eliminated from contention, the fourth-ranked Svitolina of Ukraine helped determine the final four of the round-robin tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 Red Group victory over Halep of Romania.

Down 5-3 and on the brink of elimination, Garcia dug deep and reeled off four straight games to prevail 6-7 (9/7), 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 44 minutes. An emotional Garcia went back to her chair and started crying but regathered herself to eventually pull out a victory. "Wasn't being ever in this situation, so I felt weird today".

One player staged a great escape in what was arguably the best match of the tournament so far. "I mean, my game was completely off", she said. I'm a different player, for sure.

Svitolina will need to defeat Halep in straight sets coupled with a Wozniacki win to qualify.