Garbine Muguruza: 'I take every point as a final'

Svitolina in action at the WTA Elite Trophy in 2016

At her first appearance in Singapore, the world number two won all three round-robin matches before losing a tight semi-final to an inspired Agnieszka Radwanska, while a year ago she was eliminated early after losing two of her three ties.

Latvian Ostapenko, who trails their head-to-head tally 1-3, was "not very pleased", but said: "The first match is always one of the toughest".

Wimbledon champion Muguruza was deposed as world number one by Halep but she said she would have to be at her very best if she wants to win the year-end trophy and rankings crown on October 29.

"I thought it was normal that she's playing incredible and I'd kind of wait for my moment, until I serve and try to take control.it went well". I'm happy that I got it in the past, and now I'm not that nervous or obsessed. I think it was very tough - from the baseline we were both playing pretty fast and pretty good shots so it was an awesome match I think.

Halep faces debutantes Svitolina and Garcia in the Red Group round robin, along with the veteran Wozniacki, while Muguruza is in White Group with Williams, Pliskova and French Open champion Ostapenko. "(But) I'm going to fight for that". But I just wasn't sure about how I'm going to feel, if nervous or not, because still we are the first match on. Billie Jean King was 39 in 1983 and Martina Navratilova was 38 in 1994.

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A firmly Williams-favouring crowd was briefly cheered by a spirited hold for 4-2, but it came between two love holds for Pliskova and a deserved victory was the Czech's when Williams went long again, the only former champion in the field with plenty to improve on if she is to challenge.

"The competition is so much greater", said the seven-time Grand Slam victor in singles.

The Czech Republic's Pliskova, another of this year's world number ones, said it was impossible to tell who will finish on top next weekend.

Halep is planning a major celebration of her ascent to the top of the rankings at the end of the season but the Romanian remains aware that six of the other seven women at the WTA Finals could usurp her as world number one.

"I don't know how she felt but I think I was trying to take that advantage that I was here past year".

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