Caro's Fairytale Ending
Published August 08, 2010 12:00
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Playing for the first time since her 20th birthday, Caroline Wozniacki came out with her eighth Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title, winning the inaugural e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open in her native Denmark.
World No.3 Wozniacki, the top seed at the International event, drew large crowds and fought off inspired opponents all week, going to three sets three times en route to the final - against Iveta Benesova in the second round, No.5 seed Julia Goerges in the quarters and Anna Chakvetadze in the semis.
None of them could stop her though, and Wozniacki dusted off her eighth Tour title with a 62 76(5) win over No.7 seed Klara Zakopalova on Sunday morning, rallying from 4-2 down to win the second set and holding off a late surge from the Czech, who cut her lead in the tie-break down from 6-1 to 6-5 before falling.
"It was nice to play a tournament again after a long break. I'm healthy again and I really wanted some matches," Wozniacki said. "The crowd, as always, was great. Here in Denmark there's always lots of things for me to see and do, and it was a busy week for me, but I enjoyed it. It's nice to see so many people come and watch me play. It's great for Danish tennis. I really enjoyed my week."
Wozniacki is now 8-7 in finals. This was her third of the year, finishing runner-up at Indian Wells (losing to Jelena Jankovic) and winning Ponte Vedra Beach.
Zakopalova made her 10th career final with a 63 16 64 semifinal win over No.2 seed Li Na, a result that may have pleased Wozniacki - the Chinese has beaten the Dane in both of their 2010 meetings. Zakopalova is now 2-8 in finals.
"I was a little bit nervous in the beginning. I improved a little bit in the second set, but not enough," Zakopalova said. "It's a shame for me, but Caroline was playing so consistently and not making any mistakes. Mentally she's so strong. It was a very good week for me and it gives me a lot of confidence now going into the US Open. I'm looking forward to come back next year."
In the doubles final Saturday, Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, the No.1 seeds, took out No.4 seeds Vitalia Diatchenko and Tatiana Poutchek, 64 64. Goerges won her second Tour doubles title, Groenefeld her 11th.
Goerges and Groenefeld were playing their second tournament together, having reached the semifinals at Bad Gastein a few weeks ago. They gave a walkover in that match however, meaning technically they've never lost as a team before.
"You could say we have a clean record so far," Groenefeld said. "We're both really happy to win the title this week. We'll be playing the US Open together. I won't be going to Asia this year, as my singles ranking dropped a little bit, but we'll try to commit for the whole year next year and see how it goes."
"It was a great week," Goerges said. "We didn't drop a set. We're really happy!"