Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki enjoyed a seamless finish to a long day in Doha, dispatching Monica Puig in straight sets to reach the final at the Qatar Total Open.
WTA Staff

DOHA, Qatar - Caroline Wozniacki won her second match of the day in emphatic style, overcoming Olympic Gold medalist Monica Puig, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the final of the Qatar Total Open.

"It sounds amazing, but also makes me feel a little old!" she said during her on-court interview, when reminded of her last appearance in the Doha final, back in 2011.

"It's been a great week, really tough conditions with all the waiting, but I managed to keep focus and play some of my best tennis out there."

The former World No.1 was the last of field to advance into the semifinals after finishing off Lauren Davis, 7-5, 6-1, while Puig kicked off play on Friday by defeating Daria Kasatkina in a one-set shootout.

Still rolling from her win over Davis, Wozniacki started the quicker of the two despite the late start, roaring out to a 5-1 lead in the first set and never looking back, hitting 12 winners to just four unforced errors and converting five of seven break point opportunities to advance after an hour and 10 minutes.

Up next for the two-time US Open finalist is Karolina Pliskova, the No.2 seed and last year's runner-up in Flushing. Wozniacki's never lost to the Czech powerhouse, but their last meeting came in 2014, before Pliskova became a Top 10 player.

"She's playing really well, serving really well. It's going to be a great final and I'm excited for it."

Standing between both of them would be the unpredictable forecast, which forced both of them into playing multiple matches on Friday. Wozniacki was cautiously optimistic of starting Saturday's championship match on time.

"I don't want to jinx anything, so let's just hope there'll be good weather. I'm just excited to be on the court, and if I have to wait a little bit, I'm used to it by now and I'm feeling good!"