Swiatek, Kasatkina deliver WTA Finals wins

Iga Swiatek has stormed past Caroline Garcia to record a 6-3 6-2 victory over Caroline Garcia in round-robin action at the WTA Finals.

The world No.1 took control with an eight-point run that launched a match-ending stretch in which she grabbed nine of 11 games on Thursday night.

Swiatek improved to 2-0 this week at the season-closing tournament for the top eight women in tennis.

She's won all four sets she's played so far while dropping a total of just 10 games.

By adding a victory over No.6 Garcia to one against No.8 Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday, Swiatek improved her 2022 record against opponents ranked in the top 10 to 14-1.

Those 14 wins were all in a row, the longest such single-season unbeaten streak on tour in 15 years.

Garcia is the only entrant in the eight-player field who managed to defeat Swiatek this year - at the Poland Open in July - when Garcia was ranked just 45th.

She broke early in this one to lead 2-1 but Swiatek broke right back, then began asserting herself from 3-all, racing through the end of that set and going ahead by a break at 2-0 in the second.

Swiatek's topspin-heavy forehand is probably her most dangerous shot and Garcia seemed to try to hit to the other side whenever possible.

But Swiatek's backhand was up to the task, producing passing shots when Garcia went to the net or closing lengthier baseline exchanges with winners, and her serve grew stronger as the match wore on, including finishing it with a 108 mph ace.

This was Swiatek's tour-leading 66th match win of the year and she leads with eight titles, including at the French Open and US Open to raise her career count to three major championships.

The 21-year-old from Poland is pursuing her first WTA Finals trophy in her second appearance - she was eliminated in round-robin play in 2021.

In the other singles group match at Dickies Arena, eighth-seed Daria Kasatkina claimed her first win at this year's WTA Finals with a comprehensive straight-sets victory over Coco Gauff.

Kasatkina trailed 4-1 in the first set but rallied to win the opening frame in a tiebreak, before dominating the second set to win 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 in one hour and 40 minutes.

The victory is Kasatkina's 41st of the year and 25th on the hard-court surface this season. Kasatkina is 29-0 this season when she wins the first set.

Gauff has now suffered two singles losses and two doubles defeats in Fort Worth this week, producing an erratic performance, where she committed 34 unforced errors compared to the Russian's 10.

Kasatkina had to earn the victory, with the first set lasting 66 minutes, as she rallied from 3-0 down in the tiebreak to take the frame with her third set point.

The second set was more dominant, with Kasatkina claiming it in 35 minutes, although it included five straight broken games. Kasatkina converted her first match point from another Gauff error.