BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Simona Halep is delighted to win her first match as the number one female tennis player in the world.
The Romania spoke to the press after she defeated Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2 to make a winning start to her WTA Finals campaign at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Monday.
Halep, who was beaten by Garcia in the China Open final this month, said in a courtside interview with Reuters: “I am really happy that I could win my first match as the number one in the world, it takes the pressure off.
“I enjoy being in this position and hopefully I can play better in my second match than I did today.
“It was a great match, I played my best tennis and it’s never easy against Caroline after she beat me in Beijing, but I did well and I love competing here in Singapore.”
The second Red Group match of the day was a completely one-sided affair when Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki blew away Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-0 in less than an hour to gain revenge for two finals defeats against the Ukrainian this season.