By Ros Satar, in Singapore

  • We crunch the numbers between Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki as they gear up for the WTA Finals 2017 title
SINGAPORE – The WTA season finale draws to a close with two of the most resurgent players this year going head to head for the title.

 

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Head to Head

Williams

Wozniacki
7

0

 

This is one hell of a stat to start off with – Caroline Wozniacki has not only never won against Venus Williams, she has only ever taken a set off the American once, at the start of 2015 in Auckland, where she lost to Williams in the only previous final that they played.

A lot has changed for both players in the last two years, and Wozniacki has been in eight finals (including this one) this year, converting just once to keep her tally of a title every year since 2008 intact.

But Williams was in two Grand Slam finals this year, and of course has not only been World No. 1, but has seven Slam titles to her name

Advantage: Williams

 

Titles History

Williams Wozniacki
Titles (2017) 49 (0) 26 (1)
Slams (2017) 7 (2 finals) 0 (0)

 

Williams’ year has been remarkable despite not coming away with any silverware this year… yet. Wozniacki though has had the wheels to make it to eight finals and has been consistent over the season.

Advantage: Williams

 

Year to Date/Career W/L Record

Williams Wozniacki
All surfaces W/L 38-13 / 758/220 59-21 / 531-222
Hard-court 26-9 / 450-127 40-13 / 385-150

Source: WTA Match Notes/SAP

As Wozniacki pointed out, while Williams has not played many tournaments this year, those she has have seen deep runs, while the Dane has been getting the hard yards in on the tour on all surfaces throughout the year.

Advantage: Wozniacki

 

Match Stats 2017

Williams Wozniacki
Tie-Breaks 11-3 7-7
Deciding sets 11-6 18-8

 

Tie-breaks

On the whole Williams has looked a little more solid when it comes to tie-break, where perhaps experience under pressure stands her in good stead.

Deciding Sets

Wozniacki has had a decent edge over her opponents when taken to a decider.

Deuce

 

Tournament

Serve/Return

Wozniacki’s serving has been tight and in control over the week, while Williams is not far behind and certainly improved as the rounds wore on.

Williams’ returning made the difference in her two tough matches in the round robin stage, and she dropped a lot in her semi-final against Garcia.

Wozniacki has spent less time on court and at the start of Williams’ sei-final, she looked as though she was stretching out some tired and sore muscles, so perhaps the exertions of the week might finally catch up with her at the end.

Advantage: Wozniacki

The WTA Finals championship match will take place on Sunday, not before 7:30pm (11:30am GMT).

 

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