In one of the better matches of the season, Caroline Wozniacki continued her resurgence beating Maria Sharapova Tuesday in round robin play at the Singapore WTA Finals.
Wozniacki, who also beat Sharapova at the US Open, took this one 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-2 in 3 hours, 15 minutes.
“I just feel like right now with all the training and running I’ve been doing, I can keep being out there and keep running,” said Wozniacki who was down a break in the first. “I kept thinking to myself out there in the third set, ‘If you’re going to get tired now, how are you going to get through this marathon? You better keep going.’ I did, and I felt pretty good out there. I felt I could still keep going for a while.”
Wozniacki now stands tied atop a tough White Group which also includes Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova.
For Sharapova, the loss severely damages any hopes she had of finishing No. 1, ahead of her arch rival Serena Williams.
“It’s not a secret, she’s always been one of the most physically challenging players to play against,” said Sharapova who tossed in 15 double faults. “She gets many balls back and makes you hit an extra ball. I think she’s doing that better. She’s improved her strength in doing that. There is a little more when she’s on the defense. Not just the ball up in the air, but she has something on it. She gets herself back in position.”
In a late-starting second match, Radwanska cruised past Kvitova 6-2, 6-3 in a bit of a surprise. Kvitova should be stronger indoors but Radwanska had no trouble today in a match that ended after midnight.
“She’s a great champion and playing some amazing tennis, especially the last few months, so I’m really happy with that win,” Radwanska said of the Czech. “There’s only eight of us here, so you have to go out and try your best, otherwise you’re not going to win. And I’m very happy with the way I played tonight.”
Wozniacki and Radwanska will meet on Thursday for a likely berth in the semifinals.
Looking at the event as a whole, obviously Serena, a winner of 16 straight in the Finals, is the landslide favorite. But she is nursing some injury issues (knee), so perhaps an opening for someone like Wozniacki or even Kvitova who should do well there.
Tomorrow, Serena meets Simona Halep and then Ana Ivanovic meets Eugenie Bouchard in a virtual elimination match.
Tennis Channel has coverage tomorrow through the Saturday until ESPN shows the Sunday final.
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