SINGAPORE: World number one Serena Williams smashed a racquet and recovered from a set down as she overcame stubborn resistance from Caroline Wozniacki in a gripping semifinal at the WTA Finals on Saturday.
The two-time defending champion started poorly but after her racquet paid the price, she dominated the second set and emerged victorious from a tense deciding tie-breaker to win it 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).
The 18-time Grand Slam-winner will take on either Simona Halep or Agnieszka Radwanska, who play later, as she seeks the first hat-trick of titles at the season finale since Monica Seles in 1992.
Williams’ fourth win over Wozniacki this year, including the US Open final, was hard-fought and it was the third time this season that she has been pushed to three sets by the resurgent Dane.
“Caroline played a great match, it was really difficult today. I felt really bad because she’s so amazing and she’s so nice,” Williams said.
“She’s the only one who hasn’t lost in this tournament and she really deserved to win.”
The players are close and they sang along to “We Belong Together” at a Mariah Carey concert late on Friday, but friendship was put on one side as a grim-faced Williams strode into Singapore’s Indoor Stadium.