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Wozniacki Wins New Haven Opener

It may not have been the way she wanted it, but Caroline Wozniacki opened her New Haven campaign with a win on Monday night. She has an amazing career record at the event - what is it?

Published August 19, 2013 12:00

Wozniacki Wins New Haven Opener
Caroline Wozniacki, Peng Shuai

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - It may not have been the way she wanted it, but Caroline Wozniacki opened her New Haven Open at Yale campaign with a win, advancing past Peng Shuai by retirement.

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The No.4-seeded Wozniacki was in trouble early on, getting broken twice and failing to convert on all four of her own break points en route to dropping the first set, 6-2. But she came out strong in the second set, winning the first three games, and, after Peng held serve in the fourth game, recording a 26 31 retirement victory after the Chinese was forced to retire from the match due to dizziness.

"She was hitting so strongly from both sides tonight," Wozniacki said. "She's always a really tough player. You always know when you play her you need to be like a goalkeeper on the other side, just running balls down, getting that extra ball back and keeping it deep - and in the first set she was just hitting really hard from both sides, right from the beginning. She came out very strong today.

"I didn't really know anything was wrong with her - I didn't even know she called the physio until the physio ran out onto the court. But she played the doubles final in Cincinnati yesterday and it's obviously tough to go out and play the same day you get off a flight. I really hope she feels better soon."

The New Haven Open at Yale is Wozniacki's very best tournament. She won the tournament the first four times she played it, in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the only time she didn't come away with the title was 2012, when she had to retire against Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals with a knee injury. That retirement loss is the only blemish on a very impressive 21-1 career record at the tournament.

"I just enjoy playing here. It's a great tournament for me. What else can I say?" Wozniacki said. "It's also a good warm-up for me - whenever I come here, I'm always fine-tuning things for the Open."

Next up for Wozniacki is Italian qualifier Karin Knapp, who defeated Ukrainian lucky loser Elina Svitolina earlier in the day, 63 64. Wozniacki and Knapp have never played against each other.

"When I was starting on the tour we were playing the same tournaments quite a bit, and I think we might have played juniors together a little bit too, when I was just starting and she was just finishing," Wozniacki said of Knapp. "I know her game a little bit but I haven't seen her for a little while."

There was a second night match originally on the schedule, but a rain delay caused that one - No.3 seed Petra Kvitova against German lucky loser Annika Beck - to be postponed to Tuesday's schedule.

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