Simona Halep of Romania hits a return shot against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during their WTA Finals Tennis Tournament in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.
HONG KONG -Canada's Bianca Andreescu was eliminated from the WTA Finals on Wednesday after retiring from her match against Karolina Pliskova with a left knee injury.
Andreescu first met Pliskova in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup during her unexpected rise to stardom.
The injury, though, curtailed her movement and she chose to retire after Pliskova sealed the first set with an ace.
The set lasted for an hour and 51 minutes and Karolina grabbed six of the final seven games for a 6-3, earning breaks in games four and eight to overcome the deficit and bring it home before Bianca had to retire, unable to continue despite all the efforts.
"Of course, there's going to be some nerves but I think that's normal", she said.
Halep then kept clutch to go a break up, but started to slip on her next service with a pair of netted unforced handing Svitolina a break of her own. If I did, then I would just be whining on the court.
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"I really want to win because I want to qualify from this group", she said. I was still playing very solid today, my defense was very good so I am very proud about that.
Despite the disappointment of an injury-plagued finish, Andreescu's breakout 2019 season - highlighted by a win over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final - was overwhelmingly positive.
Svitolina made a strong start to the match, breaking Halep early to establish a three-game lead only for the Romanian to break back and level the scores midway through the set.
"I stepped weirdly on a return", Andreescu said after the match.
"I didn't know it was really that bad", the Czech said of the injury. She did not lose her advantage and secured a place in the semifinals of the WTA Final Tournament. "Even though I had some chances in the second set, too, it was a big part of the match, the first set". "Hopefully, I can recover because I'm a little bit exhausted and play better than today".
It was her eighth successive win at the event and having shown similar commanding form at last year's edition in Singapore, the Ukrainian, 25, appears to be the one to beat.
Andreescu was injured while leading 2-0 in the first set, with Pliskova serving at 30-15 in the third game.