Venus Williams edges Jelena Ostapenko in thrilling three-setter — WTA Finals

Ruben Hill
October 24, 2017

The 37-year-old world number five rebounded from her opening defeat to Karolina Pliskova with a marathon 7-5, 6-7 (7/3), 7-5 win over three hours and 13 minutes - just one minute shy of the record played at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The only ones longer were a 3 hour and 29 minute match between Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani in Turkey in 2012, and an encounter between Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova here in 2014 that lasted 3 hours and 14 minutes.

The American then won the next two games to take the set, with an unforced error count of 17-8 against Ostapenko.

Venus Williams has prevailed over Jelena Ostapenko 7-5 6-7 (7-3) 7-5 in one of the longest three-set matches ever at the WTA Finals.

Both held serve, and Ostapenko saved a match point at 4-5 down to equal the score again.

Ostapenko was clearly flustered from the start though as the 20-year-old forced her watching mother to leave the court after losing four straight games to drop the first set.

It was never clearer than in the final set, when seven of the 12 games went against the head.

Williams broke Ostapenko's serve early in the second set on the fourth advantage point, but the Latvian broke back immediately, winning the next two games.

But, her own service faltered yet again as she lost her serve while trying to serve out the set in the 10th game of the set. But Williams broke serve after her opponent served four double faults in the third game.

It was followed by six straight breaks of serve, which Ostapenko in fact snapped to lead 5-4, but Williams subsequently won the last three game and converted her second match point with a well-struck backhand victor.

'She was returning well - credit to her.

Said Williams after the match as the crowd applauded: "Sometimes we need some luck, I don't know it it was luck, I just needed to work for every point as everyone is playing really well here".

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