Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Stephens and Bertens march into semis

Stephens and Bertens march into semis

She improved to 13-2 in career finals, not losing a match all week in Singapore.

"And maybe not playing so well in Asia actually made me a little bit fresher, because other girls had played semi-finals, quarter-finals etc, so maybe this was a little bit of a factor as well".

Svitolina had been a virtual spectator during the fightback but shook off her passive play and concentrated on depth as opposed to direction, taking advantage of mental lapses from Bertens to claim the opener when her opponent double-faulted. "I was really excited to be here and compete with everybody". However, she was more upbeat at the post-match conference, saying, "I really hope that I could have done better, but I think this year has been very eventful, so I should just be grateful for that and I guess just try my best for next year".

"When I qualified for this tournament, I definitely decided that I'm going to just go for it and I'm good enough", Svitolina said. And then if you lose, you have no regrets'.

All the action, including a highlights show, will be broadcast exclusively live on BT Sport 2, online via the revolutionary enhanced video player and on the BT Sport App. "And I definitely didn't want to start the same way as I started past year".

"I played great tennis and I worked my way into the tournament".

"I think physically I was a little bit stronger, and mentally I pushed myself a little bit more". I can't force it. I will start again at the end of November. The more she talks about it, the more she opens up and shares her thoughts the more I can understand what I need to do in what situation. It's not the same as if you start, for example, you know, in the middle of the season.

"That's I think what I did". Even though my results weren't good, since Wimbledon, I had four or five weeks where I was on court and in the gym working.

I went back home after the US Open for one night and then I flew to Tokyo. Coming here and playing against the top players in the world, nothing is going to be easy. "So, yeah, I guess it will be interesting to see how that goes". I'm not too sad about that because I heard it was insane. "Definitely, Singapore is going to stay for a very long time in my mind", Svitolina said in an on-court interview.

Looking back to her disappointing form prior to Singapore, Svitolina admitted she always believed she could rediscover her best tennis. She was serving really well, so obviously if she's serving well, that makes it a little bit hard. The Ukrainian who said she was training for the second-tier Year-End Championships in Zhuhai has done brilliantly this week as she has gone unbeaten and will face Sloane Stephens for the title tomorrow.

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