WTA Finals: Venus Williams becomes oldest finalist

Garcia in action during the match

Garcia in action during the match

The American then had to save a set point while serving to stay in the set at 4-5, but an incredible 16-shot rally saved Williams from the brink, and she eventually survived the marathon game for 5-5.

Wozniacki had been up 6-1 in the tie-breaker, squandering five set points and saving six set points herself before she succeeded in claiming the set at the sixth time of asking. Wozniacki, who made the title round of the year-end feature seven years ago in Doha, falling to Belgium's Kim Clijsters, has enjoyed the, slow, low-bouncing surface at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, which appears tailormade for her style of play.

"She was playing fantastic in the first set, I was a little down", Garcia said after the match.

"She competed so well this whole tournament and every time I thought I was getting close she would play unbelievable", Williams said of Garcia.

It is a different era as compared to the 2000s, but yet, the legendary Venus Williams keeps rocking it after her two Grand Slam final appearances this year as she reaches the final of the 2017 WTA Finals with a thrilling win over the 24-year-old Caroline Garcia in three tough sets, returning to the final after a nine-year absence.

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"All of a sudden it's 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, and I said this isn't fun anymore", Wozniacki said.

Experience at this level can make a huge difference, and as well as winning the title in 2008, she reached the final the year after, losing to sister Serena Williams. "That's why I think I won these two matches", Garcia said. We saw against Caroline Garcia that perhaps a flat start meant a change in tactics.

"And of course the final in French Open, I was really disappointed and very sad about that match".

World number one Simona Halep is adamant a disappointing WTA Finals campaign has not dented her confidence, maintaining Friday that she was an "improved" player. However, she was still unable to capitalize on her opportunities as Williams threw in an impressive second serve and held for 5-2, being just a game away from winning the second set.

Wozniacki improved her career record over Pliskova to 6-3, and is 3-2 in meetings this year. "I hope I'll still be part of the game".

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"I feel like I should have won that match, but it is what it is", she said.

Standing in Wozniacki's way will be 37-year-old Venus Williams who also has the chance to put a host of near misses this season behind her.

"Then I got a good start in the tiebreaker, 6-1, and I was feeling pretty good about it", the 27-year-old added. "I just want it to be, like, you lose, you go home".

Wozniacki seemed headed for a third straight win after dominating in the early stages, making just one unforced error as she raced through the first set in 22 minutes.

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