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I give you a sentence below.

She retained her tennis title for the third year.
(OALD)

'for' is a period of time and third is a ordinal number seeming plural, by the way 'year' is singlar form.

Is there any reason why it doesn't become 'years'?

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Your source actually says

She retained her tennis title for the third year.

(emphasis mine.)

The article is there to indicate a particular year, the one identified by the ordinal "third." Ordinals aren't counts, like three. An ordinal indicates the place something has in a line of successors. First indicates the initial place; second indicates the next place; and third indicates the next place after second. There's only one place at a time: If the third year is 1920, that's the only year that can be third. Thus the word year is properly singular. You may, of course, talk about all the years she held her title by saying

She retained her title for three years in a row.

Now you're counting the years, and as there is more than one, the word years is properly plural.

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