By Ros Satar, in Singapore
- Caroline Wozniacki reaches her second final at the season-ending championships
- Has looked like the woman to beat since the start of the tournament
SINGAPORE – Caroline Wozniacki will have a second crack at the WTA Finals title – we look at five reasons why she will end up with the silverware in her eighth final of the year.
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Experience is everything
Caroline Wozniacki is really an old hand at pretty much everything. Former World No. 1? Yep been there, done that. WTA Finals title shot – yep done that too. While she is missing her Slam title to her credit, she looks well on form to be the woman to beat on Sunday.
She also has experience of this court – she reached the semi-finals in its first year in Singapore, losing to eventuial champion Serena Williams, so she is at least familiar with that quirky court.
Consistent performer this year
While much is made of her having fallen in six finals before she kept her record of a title every year since 2008 on the tour intact, the fact she has reached eight finals this year is impressive.
Although we often talk of her resurgence this season, she posted her ninth successive Top 20 season (last year was her lowest ranking since 2007) but her US Open run last year helped boost her ranking right back up.
She leads the WTA for the most match wins this season, with a 58-21 record this year.
The court is made for her
From the outset, she seemed to be able to do no wrong. She came blasting out of the blocks leaving Elina Svitolina looking stationery for the loss of just two games. A one-off? Turns out no. She did exactly the same to the World No. 1 Simona Halep.
She said, about the court: “I think this court rewards the player that has good hands, in particular. I think because this court you can’t just play offence or you can’t just play defence, you’ll get — you know, maybe you can win one match like that, but to play consistent on this court, you need to be able to run a lot of balls down and wait for your opportunity to really hit through the court.”
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Her stats this tournament
Wozniacki’s lopsided wins at the start of the tournament have put her at the top of a number of key stats this week
1st Serve Won %
Service Points Won %
Return Points Won %
Break Points Saves %
Service Games Won %
Return Games Won %
She has covered almost all the bases consistency this tournament – she just needs to keep it going on the last night.
‘Comfortable and confident’
That has been her demeanour since the start of the tournament. Her serve has been on point, and her return games have been equally solid. She has the fitness to run and run, and moreover the experience to come through to lay her hands on her first season-ending title.
Wozniacki & Williams play the final on Sunday, not before 7:30pm (11:30am BST).
Main Image: Jimmie48 Tennis Photography
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