Pliskova beats Venus to start WTA Finals

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SINGAPORE (AP) Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over fifth-seeded Venus Williams at the WTA Finals on Sunday.

"I felt really good," Pliskova said. "I think everything was fine with my game today. I think I was just a little bit better, even from the baseline, even on my service games, so there was no need to panic with anything in my game."

In Sunday's other match, second-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

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Rank Player Points
1 R. Nadal 10,465
2 R. Federer 8,505
3 A. Murray 5,290
4 M. Cilic 4,505
5 A. Zverev 4,400
6 D. Thiem 3,935
7 N. Djokovic 3,765
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2017 WTA Rankings
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1 S. Halep 6,175
2 G. Muguruza 6,135
3 K. Pliskova 5,605
4 E. Svitolina 5,465
5 V. Williams 4,642
6 C. Wozniacki 4,540
7 J. Ostapenko 4,510
8 S. Kuznetsova 3,950
9 C. Garcia 3,860
10 J. Konta 3,795
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