Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki battles past Petra Kvitova in group stages of WTA finals
- World No 3 Caroline Wozniacki overcame Petra Kvitova 7-5 3-6 6-2 on Tuesday
- The defending champion battled to victory in the WTA finals clash in Singapore
- Kvitova was guilty of 16 unforced errors in the opening set but showed resilience
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki staved off the threat of an early exit at the WTA Finals in Singapore with a three-set victory over Petra Kvitova.
The world No 3 defeated the Czech player 7-5 3-6 6-2 in the second round of White Group matches.
After saving a crucial break point in the 11th game of the opening set, the Dane – who lost to Karolina Pliskova in her opening match of the round-robin stage on Monday – made the most of her third set point to take an early lead.
Caroline Wozniacki secured victory over Petra Kvitova in the WTA Finals in Singapore
She defeated the Czech player 7-5 3-6 6-2 in the second round of White Group matches
Kvitova was guilty of 16 unforced errors in the opening set but showed resilience by securing four breaks of serve to level at 1-1.
The world No 5 failed to build on the momentum, however, and was convincingly beaten in the decider, leaving her on the brink of elimination following successive defeats.
On Monday, American Sloane Stephens beat reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka in three sets.
Wozniacki fires a forehand during the three-set encounter with Kvitova on Tuesday