Wozniacki Rallies For Fourth Title Of Year
Published May 21, 2011 12:00
BRUSSELS, Belgium - On the eve of the French Open, No.1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki won a WTA-leading fourth title of the year, battling back to defeat Peng Shuai in the final of the inaugural Brussels Open, 26 63 63.
In a championship duel between the WTA's two match win leaders on the year, No.8 seed Peng came out stronger, but a 12-deuce game in the third game of the second set seemed to swing momentum the way of No.1 seed Wozniacki, who always looked in control from then on, never falling behind again.
Wozniacki's first three titles of the year came at Premier-level tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells and Charleston. This was also her first red clay court title on the WTA and improved her record in WTA finals to an impressive 16-10.
"It's my fourth title of the season. I was pleased with the way I played and fought today," Wozniacki said. "I'm happy to be the first winner of this tournament. It's a beautiful city and the crowd has been great all week. Now I'm looking forward to Roland Garros - I think I play on Monday, but I'll be ready."
Although Peng lost, she still had arguably her best career week, this being her first Premier-level final. She also recorded her 11th Top 10 win along the way, uspetting No.3-ranked Vera Zvonareva in the semifinals, which was also her equal-best career win (she beat a No.3-ranked Anastasia Myskina in 2005).
"I'm really happy to have reached the final here and to play so many good matches on the clay," Peng said. "I played really well in the first set today but then Caroline fought and came back. I'm really looking forward to Paris."
In their first event together, Andrea Hlavackova and Galina Voskoboeva took the doubles title, beating No.2 seeds Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska in the final, 36 60 105. After losing the first set Hlavackova and Voskoboeva rolled through the second in just 23 minutes then comfortably took the match tie-break. Hlavackova won her seventh WTA doubles title, Voskoboeva her third.
"I had a great 2009 and winning tournaments became almost a habit, but when I won Fès this year I realized I hadn't won one for more than a year," Hlavackova said. "I'm very happy to win this Premier title. I'm enjoying the feeling of winning more because it's not something I expected, but something I really wanted."
"Playing together for the first time we didn't expect to win the title," Voskoboeva said. "We're really happy. We were very relaxed and got the maximum reward."