Wozniacki stands firm to claim WTA Finals title

Oct 30, 2017, 01:38
Wozniacki stands firm to claim WTA Finals title

Caroline Wozniacki had set out her marker from the start of the tournament.

The first three games were dominated by the server until the Dane began to find the corners of the court with her powerful backhand, fashioning the first break of the match with back-to-back winners off both flanks.

"I'm really happy that I could stay constant, which is the best thing, I think, for a player".

Indeed it was Wozniacki who broke first, but by now Williams was the expert in keeping calm and carrying on, breaking the Dane straight back.

But Wozniacki held out in the end, hitting the victor down Williams' right flank after the American had approached the net, before tossing her racket in victory.

Williams, who won the WTA Finals title in 2008, had won all seven previous matches against Wozniacki. By now the Dane was cantering at quite a clip, her increased aggression and pep on her serve working to great effect not just on Sunday but throughout the entire tournament.

Despite the disappointment in defeat for the evergreen Williams, reaching the final in Singapore caps a resurgent 12 months of her own.

But Wozniacki finally triumphed in the 10th game with her backhand victor to celebrate in style.

Williams refused to be done, bringing the crowd to its feet with a great finishing shot of a rally that usually Wozniacki would have won a long time ago.

Facing an opponent who enjoyed a 7-0 winning record against her, Wozniacki continued to display the form and variation she had all week in Singapore to emerge with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in her fifth appearance at the elite, eight-woman event.

The Danish tennis star tastes victory and earns the biggest singles title of her career.

However, Wozniacki high intensity paid off as a third break of Williams' serve - in the 10th game - ensured that she took the lead in the match.

"I had many ups and downs but I was consistent, in my opinion", she added. I felt I had to try and stay aggressive.

"I knew that she was never going to give up, and I knew she was going to come back fighting strong".