Wozniacki Bests Critics, Dementieva for WTA Tokyo Title
by Staff | October 2nd, 2010, 10:35 am

World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki’s small-ball game continues to garner faint praise as she closes the gap with injured world No. 1 Serena Williams — but she keeps on collecting titles and confounding opponents with her consistency and guile in the absence of the Williams sisters, as Venus sits out with a bum knee, and Serena a foot injury.
On Saturday she collected her fifth title of the year, as the No. 1 seed coming from a set down to defeat No. 7 Elena Dementieva 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 for the Toray Pan Pacific Open championship in Tokyo.

“Elena started really strongly, she was playing very aggressively and I didn’t get enough depth in my groundstrokes,” Wozniacki said of winning only one game in the first set. “But in the beginning of the second set I pressed a little harder and came into the rallies a bit more.”

Wonniacki improved to an impressive 5-1 in finals in 2010.

“I’m very happy — I really enjoy winning and I’m feeling good,” Wozniacki said. “It’s always nice to hold the trophy in your hand, that’s what you are practicing for. I’m feeling very confident and I feel like I’m playing some good tennis, so hopefully next week will be just as good.”

The 20-year-old has the most singles wins on the WTA Tour this year at 54, upping her career mark in finals to 11-7.

Dementieva fell to 2-2 in finals on the year.

“Unfortunately I missed some opportunities in the beginning of the second set and lost a bit of momentum,” Dementieva said. “That was the key…she was fighting and playing solid from the baseline. I’m disappointed with the way I finished the match but I love playing in Tokyo, and even though I lost today I think it was a great final.”

Dementieva added an on-line punters alert that she is beat going into her next event at Beijing.

“I’m a little tired heading to Beijing, but I will fly tonight or tomorrow and try to get ready for one of the biggest events of the season,” she said. “Fingers crossed I can do well there.”

Dementieva fell to 16-16 in career finals, and 3-4 versus Wozniacki.

Wozniacki stands at No. 1 in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships Singles Standings, meaning if the season ended today, she would be crowned the year-end No. 1 player.

Women’s tennis fans await the return of the Williams sisters, who are doubtful to compete in a WTA event prior to the year-end championships due to injuries. Wozniacki is 0-2 career vs. Serena, and 0-4 vs. Venus.

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4 Comments for Wozniacki Bests Critics, Dementieva for WTA Tokyo Title

Joe Tennis Says:

Move over Safina here comes another “#1” womens player! It is not so much the ratings system that is at fault nor least of all Wozniecki’s fault. The problem is the media that tries to give more significance to the number 1 ranking holder than it deserves.

P.S. Dementieva is a tomato can!

Kimmi Says:

congratulation woz for winning tokyo. hope she does not fall into the jinx of getting to number 1 that humpered safina and JJ…playing too many tournaments without winning a slam, they are both struggling now.

i heard during the match that woz only need to reach qtr final in beijing to secure number 1. Why not..not many players can say they have reached number 1. it shows the mark of her consistency.

grendel Says:

But Woz is the real thing. I’m not saying she’s great. But she’s very, very good and solid as a rock. Safina and JJ, in their different ways, are the reverse of solid.

Woz will take some shifting, imo. I can’t see her winning many slams – but it would be a suprise if she didn’t get one.

Robin James Says:

Wozniacki is the real deal! She is very mentally tough. And that is why she is winning so many finals. She finds a way to win. I don’t think it will be very long before she wins a slam! She has my vote and I’m a big Serena & Clisters fan.

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