Woz­ni­acki reaches HK open fi­nals

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Former world num­ber one Caro­line Woz­ni­acki fought her way to the Hong Kong Open fi­nals yes­ter­day af­ter beat­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Je­lena Jankovic.

The cur­rently 22nd-ranked Woz­ni­acki will face France’s Kristina Mlade­n­ovic, ranked 54, to­day. “I’m look­ing for­ward to it, it’s a new day to­mor­row and I’m go­ing to do my best,” Woz­ni­acki, 26, told re­porters.

“She played re­ally well to­day so I was re­ally pleased with the way I man­aged to still win this match in two sets,” she said of Jankovic. Ser­bian Jankovic, ranked 37, had a strong start but Woz­ni­acki quickly took the lead in the mid­dle of the first set and won the match 6-3, 6-4. Jankovic, also a former world num­ber one, fought hard af­ter fall­ing four games be­hind in the sec­ond set, with the crowds cheer­ing her on. Many in the sta­dium gave a stand­ing ova­tion when Jankovic walked off the court.

In an­other hard fought match, Aus­tralian player Daria Gavrilova, ranked 38 in the world, lost to France’s Mlade­n­ovic 75, 6-3. Gavrilova was vis­i­bly up­set, and threw her racket onto the ground in frus­tra­tion dur­ing con­tested games in the sec­ond set, which was played in the heat of the af­ter­noon sun.

“I think it was a big fight out there,” Mlade­n­ovic, 23, told re­porters af­ter the match. Many were shocked on Fri­day when Gavrilova elim­i­nated top ranked An­gelique Ker­ber of Ger­many.

Ker­ber, who is lead­ing the way to the WTA fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore, said af­ter her Fri­day de­feat that the game was not her best and that she was look­ing for­ward to some rest.” I’ve been play­ing a lot of matches this year, and I think I need a few days off to get ready for Sin­ga­pore,” she said.

—AP

HONG KONG: Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark re­turns a shot to Je­lena Jankovic of Ser­bia dur­ing the semi-fi­nal match at the Hong Kong Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in Hong Kong, yes­ter­day.

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