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WTA Finals: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beats Petra Kvitova in Singapore

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Petra Kvitova for the first time in four years with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Denmark’s Australian Open champion Wozniacki, 28, sealed the win in two hours and 19 minutes despite needing medical treatment on her knee during the second set.

Her last win over the Czech fourth seed came at the 2014 WTA Finals.

Elina Svitolina plays Karolina Pliskova later on Tuesday.

Victory for Pliskova would leave Kvitova unable to qualify for the semi-finals.

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Second seed Wozniacki, who lost to Pliskova in her opening White Group round-robin match on Sunday, took an early lead on her third set point after Kvitova had made 16 unforced errors.

She asked for a physio midway through the set after experiencing pain in her left knee, before Kvitova, 28, levelled the match in a set in which she secured four breaks of serve.

Wozniacki broke immediately at the start of the deciding set and was able to capitalise on her opponent’s fatigue to serve for the match.

“I am pleased how I kept cool,” Wozniacki told BT Sport.

“I didn’t think I played badly in the second set, she just played really well. I had to refocus and keep doing what I was doing.”

The WTA Finals features the leading eight players this year, split into two groups of four.

The top two players from each round-robin group will progress to the semi-finals, with the final on 28 October.

The Finals are being held in Singapore for the fifth and final time before moving to Shenzhen in China.

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