Venus Williams needed a little more than one hour to overpower Roberta Vinci and claim a spot into the final of the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. The match was a remake of Wuhan’s breath-taking semifinal, where Williams had to face off a match point before closing the match out 7-6 in the third and reaching the final, which she then eventually won against Garbine Muguruza.
Premises, therefore, were really high and the whole drama was giving the crowd the idea that a big fight was about to take place. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Venus was just too consistent today, playing aggressive from the baseline and on the net, putting a lot of pressure on the Italian, which was unable to find her own rhythm and struggled from the very beginning.
In the first set, the American went up 4-0, showing a wide variety of shots. Vinci was just powerless and probably not ready to such a strong start. The Italian tried to mix things up and she got her first break in the fifth game.
She recovered to 2-4 but still Venus’ consistency was too much for her and the 35 year-old took the final break in the eighth game. The American was on a roll and she took an early 2-0 lead in the second set as well.
The third game might have become the turning point of the match, as the Italian found her way to break back Venus at her fourth opportunity. Venus lost her service but still kept fighting and broke back in the sixth and in the eighth game, closing the match out with a double 6-2.
35 year-old reached her 40th win of the season and she will be playing her 78th career final. The American is also very close to the Top 10 with Karolina Pliskova being the only one who can stop this chase. If the Czech wins the title in Zhuhai, Venus will then have to postpone her comeback into the Top 10.
In the other semifinal Pliskova beat 6/3 6/1 Elina Svitolina, who played a long match yesterday against Suarez Navarro. The Czech saved two break points on two and won 89% 1st serve points to catch an easy win after just one hour.
Pliskova will now face Venus Williams in tomorrow's final and the winner will enter the Top 10. Also Read: PARIS BERCY SEMIFINALS PREVIEW: Who will reach the final