Svitolina beats injured Bencic at WTA Finals

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SHENZHEN

Belinda Bencic retired in the third set as defending champion Elina Svitolina outlasted the injured Swiss to win 5-7, 6-3, 4-1 and reach her second straight final at the WTA Finals on Saturday.

Bencic was already struggling in the semifinal match with a right leg problem before the end of the first set, which she won.

Svitolina had made it through the group stage without dropping a set. Winning the WTA Finals in Singapore last season remains the biggest title of her career.

In the other semifinal, Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic will take on top-ranked Ash Barty, Australia’s first female year-end No. 1.

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