World No. 1 Wozniacki Beats Bartoli for Indian Wells TitlePosted on March 20, 2011
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won her first Indian Wells title on Sunday, defeating France's Marion Bartoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 for her 14th career title at the BNP Paribas Open.
"In the third set I just kept my head cool," Wozniacki said. "We had a lot of long rallies but I came up with the wins. I thought if she kept playing like she was, then it would just be too good. But I wasn't going to give her anything."
In the semifinals Wozniacki defeated former No. 1 Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2.
Wozniacki now has two WTA titles this year after Dubai, and is now 14-9 in WTA finals.
"Marion, amazing tournament this week," Wozniacki said in the on-court presentation. "I'm sorry I had to beat you in the finals. I'm sure we'll have a lot of good matches in the future."
Bartoli fell to 5-7 in career finals.
"I'm sorry, I'm a little bit in tears right now, but it's more tears of tiredness -- Caroline, you made me really tired today," Bartoli said in the on-court ceremony. "Caroline, you should be very proud of yourself and I wish you all the best in the future. I know your goal is to get a Grand Slam. I'm sure you'll get it very soon."
Bartoli is projected to return to the Top 10 WTA rankings.
"It has been a while since I was in the Top 10," Bartoli said. "I really want to be at the championships at the end of the year. That's one of my main goals."