Wozniacki Into Final, Zvonareva Awaits
Published February 25, 2011 12:00
DOHA, Qatar - Caroline Wozniacki had lost her last two meetings with Marion Bartoli in straight sets but she was not about to let that happen again in the semifinals of the Qatar Ladies Open, routing the Frenchwoman, 61 61.
In 65 minutes, Wozniacki never let Bartoli into the match, breaking her serve six times to avenge routine losses at Stuttgart in 2009 and Cincinnati in 2010.
"If you've played well and had a tough three set battle, it's a great feeling to win. But winning like this is amazing too," Wozniacki said. "It means I'm playing at a high level. I'm hitting the ball well. I'm really pleased with my performance."
"Caroline is No.1, you expect that kind of performance," Bartoli said. "You have to work really hard for each point. And even when you work really hard, she can come up with great passing shots. She was too good and I made more mistakes than usual. She was putting so much pressure with her defense."
"It doesn't matter to me who I play, I'll go out there and just fight," Wozniacki said. "I don't know if I'll win. They are two tough competitors."
Zvonareva was able to make it past an in-form Jankovic in the second semifinal, cruising to a 61 22 lead before running into some problems, losing four games in a row to drop the second set and facing triple break point at 4-all, 0-40 in the third; but the Russian had beaten the Serb four times in a row and made that five by winning nine of the last 11 points of the last match on the schedule.
Wozniacki is 13-6 in career finals on the WTA; Zvonareva is 10-16.
Wozniacki leads Zvonareva in their head-to-head series, 4-3. The pair met five times in 2010, with Wozniacki winning three of those five meetings.
"Like any opponent, you analyze your previous matches and think about how you'll win," Zvonareva said. "Then you step on the court and always have to adjust a little bit, because there are always different courts and conditions.
"Caroline is very consistent. I have to play my game and try to dominate. If we both play well, it will come down to who is a better shotmaker on that day.
"I didn't come to this tournament thinking about losing."