Svitolina will style beat Stevens in the final of the tournament

Naomi Osaka's incredible breakthrough season ends in tears

"I will just try to keep on going. I'll be up against a tough opponent and I'll have to play my absolute best".

Bertens, meanwhile, continues to thrive after showing marked improvement on all courts as opposed to her favourite clay surface, backing up her opening win over Kerber and three-set loss to Stephens with another solid display in Singapore.

"I hurt my left hamstring in the first match", Osaka told reporters.

"I was thinking I'm going to lose zero and zero". I just tried to do my best and battled as hard as I could and stick to my game plan. She could not capitalize on her effort going up 40-0 and then getting broken as the set continued at 5-all and then later into a tiebreak.

Kerber plays the unbeaten Stephens in the last round-robin match from Red Group, with the victor joining Bertens in the semi-finals.

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

She came back on court but dropped her serve to love, culminating in a double fault which turned out to be her last action at the WTA Finals.

In the second set, Svitolina began to seize the initiative.

Svitolina, the sixth seed, managed to seize on five out of eight break points she faced, and although the Dutch player created nine break points, she was able to convert only three of them.

"There were nerves but I was trying to fight for every ball and I think that made the difference in the end".

Bertens played too risky a brand of tennis, posting 41 winners to 12 for Svitolina, but also making 63 to 36 unforced errors. "It helped me a lot with the confidence", she said. I don't really want to use words I don't know.

Svitolina is chasing her fourth title this season, having already won at Brisbane, Dubai and Rome. She made the elite-eight field only because of No. 1-ranked Simona Halep's withdrawal with an injury but has proved she belongs. The Ukrainian had two opportunities to break Stephens' serve in the next game, but the latter saved the first break point with a forehand victor down the line and the second with a backhand cross-court victor.

Svitolina has failed to go beyond the quarter-finals of a grand slam, but showed she can handle the pressure of the big stage in what was the last edition of the tournament to be staged in Singapore.

The Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina registered the biggest win of her career when she rallied for a 3-6 6-2 6-2 triumph over Sloane Stephens in the WTA Finals title decider.

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