Svitolina beats Bertens at WTA Finals

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"I've just got one more to go".

"I thought I could finish the match". Both will take unbeaten tournament records into the showdown.

From there Stephens found her footing and seventh-seeded Pliskova began to derail.

Bertens doubled-faulted on set point, throwing her racquet in frustration after a first set riddled with 21 unforced errors.

"I'm going to speak with Andy and see the best options, which coaches are available at the moment to try to work for some time." said the 24-year-old. I can win one game, maybe I can win two, then three.' And I just started to feel the ball a little better.

Svitolina steamrolled over the reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki, the Czech players Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova at the group stage.

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Heading to her biggest career final, Svitolina will seek her 13th career title and fourth this season, following the Brisbane International, Dubai Tennis Championships and Italian Open.

"I had a bit of an adrenaline dump after I finally won one game - I was really fired up, so I was like 'come on, let's do this".

Pliskova was only a point away from a 3-0 lead in the second set.

"There is this level of pain that I can play with, so I definitely was going to play", she said.

Elina Svitolina secured the biggest title of her career on Sunday, becoming the first Ukrainian player to win the season-ending WTA Finals trophy. With the Dutchwoman threatening to break back, it was Svitolina's determination and ability to track down every ball that forced Bertens to go aim for the line as she just missed.

"There was lots of talk about my second part of the season and my performance lately, so this really motivated me", she added. "I definitely know what she's talking about".

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She saved three break points in the sixth game but was unable to convert two chances of her own in Stephens' next service game.

Bertens failed to capitalize on four set points ahead of the second set tiebreaker, but pushed the match into a decisive third set with a return victor on her next set point.

Svitolina has looked on a mission at the WTA Finals in an effort to make amends for a lacklustre early exit past year.

Sloane Stephens of US reacts during the singles final against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine celebrates after winning against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their women's singles semi final match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

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