Caroline Strikes Again
Published April 11, 2010 12:00
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, USA - Caroline Wozniacki ran her winning streak to 10 in a row at the MPS Group Championships, claiming her second straight title at the clay court event with a 62 75 win against Olga Govortsova.
Wozniacki, the No.1 seed and defending champion at the International stop, had survived a semifinal thriller the day before, rallying from 61 53 down to beat No.4 seed Elena Vesnina, 16 76(4) 64; things started well against Govortsova as she cruised through the first set, but she was forced to come from behind again in the second set of the final, digging out of a 5-3 hole - saving two set points in that marathon eight-deuce game - to close the Belarusian out in straight sets.
"Olga started playing very well in the second set. Everything she hit was going in," Wozniacki said. "I just started stepping into the court, and after I won that long game at 4-5, I kind of had the advantage. We had so many incredible shots in the match, it was all just about hanging in there in the end."
"I had to change something in the second set, so I just tried to attack every single shot I could," Govortsova said. "I was trying really hard right until the end. She just played too well. It was a good week for me: first tournament on clay this year, first final of the year... I'm very happy with my week."
Wozniacki picked up her seventh Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title, having won three in 2008 and three more in 2009. It was her second successful title defense - she won back-to-back New Haven titles in 2008 and 2009.
"I love playing here. I've won 10 matches in a row here, I'm so happy to win this title again," Wozniacki, now 7-7 lifetime in finals, said of the title defense. "Of course you play better in the places you like. I've done it in New Haven before. Hopefully I can make it 15 matches in a row here next year."
Govortsova had upset No.2 seed Alona Bondarenko and No.3 seed Dominika Cibulkova en route to the final, which was her third career final on the Tour, her first two coming in Memphis in 2008 and in Moscow last fall.
In the doubles final, No.1 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Yan Zi beat No.2 seeds Chuang Chia-Jung and Peng Shuai, 46 64 108. Mattek-Sands and Yan were forced to come back from 64 20 down, and they also rallied from 4-1 down in the match tie-break; the American won her seventh Tour doubles title while Yan picked up her 17th. It was their first title together.