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Williams gets chance for revenge

Published:Sunday | October 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

SINGAPORE (AP):After Serena Williams' embarrassing defeat to Simona Halep in the WTA Finals group stage, the American narrowed her eyes at the post-match news conference and said she was looking forward to having a chance to avenge the loss.

She didn't have to wait long. The pair will face off again today in the final of the season-ending championships after winning their semi-finals yesterday in contrasting fashion.

Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki in a thrilling contest 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) to remain on course for a third-straight title, while Halep swept aside Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 to put herself in a position for the biggest title of her career.

American's heaviest loss

Halep beat Williams 6-0, 6-2 in the group stage, inflicting the American's heaviest loss in 16 years, and the 18-time Grand Slam winner joked about her diminished expectations for the re-match.

"My goal is to win three games," Williams said. "I'm going to go from there. Hopefully I can hold serve - that would be good. Most of all, I hope to break once."

Halep has been the form player of the tournament, dropping only 27 games across four matches against top-eight-ranked opponents, and the Romanian was justifiably confident entering Sunday's final.

"I have to believe in my chances against her," the French Open finalist said. "I can think that I have the game to beat her."

The irony of today's final is that Williams only qualified for the semis because Halep lost in three sets rather than two in her final group match against Ana Ivanovic. Had the already-qualified Halep eased off and lost in straight sets, Williams would have been packing her bags.