Veteran Venus to come up short

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Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki is playing so well at the moment that she can defeat Venus Williams for the first time in her career in the final of the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.

The two women have met each other on seven previous occasions in the last decade, with the American wining out each time.

However, Wozniacki has been in imperious form in the last week, beating Caroline Garcia, Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina in the group stage before coming out on top against Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals.

The 27-year-old Dane, who reached the US Open final in 2009 and 2014, has enjoyed a fine year and appears to be peaking at exactly the right time. She can be backed at 20/33 to win Sunday’s final and 19/4 to win the first set 6-4.

Williams, now 37, has also enjoyed an upturn in form in 2017, reaching the Wimbledon and Australian Open finals before winning through to the climax of the WTA Finals for the first time since 2009 when she was beaten by her sister Serena.

She is 27/20 to win the final for the first time since her only previous triumph in the tournament nine years against Vera Zvonareva.

However, Williams has struggled at times in Singapore, being thrashed 6-2 6-2 by Pliskova and also being taken to three sets by both Jelena Ostapenko in the group stage and by Garcia in the semi-finals.

Williams, who has failed to win a title so far in 2017, is 16/5 to beat Wozniacki in three sets and bring her season to a triumphant end.

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