Woz­ni­acki beats Rad­wan­ska again to reach Pan Pa­cific fi­nal

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For­mer cham­pion Caro­line Woz­ni­acki con­tin­ued her late sea­son resur­gence by beat­ing sec­ond-seeded Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska of Poland yes­ter­day to ad­vance to the fi­nal of the Pan Pa­cific Open.

Rad­wan­ska was close to vic­tory, lead­ing 5-3 in the sec­ond set, but Woz­ni­acki seized mo­men­tum when she broke her op­po­nent twice to win the last four games on her way to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win.

The U.S. Open semi­fi­nal­ist also came from 3-1 down in the third set, once again win­ning four straight games be­fore clos­ing out the match when Rad­wan­ska's re­turn went into the net.

"It was a tough match against a great player," Woz­ni­acki said. "We al­ways have tough matches. I was happy to fight back even though I was down a break in the sec­ond set."

The Dane will face Naomi Osaka of Ja­pan in today's fi­nal. Osaka also ral­lied to beat Elina Svi­tolina of Ukraine 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Woz­ni­acki drew on all her ex­pe­ri­ence against Rad­wan­ska, beat­ing her for the ninth time against only four losses.

"We prac­tice to­gether all the time so I knew what to ex­pect," Woz­ni­acki said. "It was a good game, a good match. Noth­ing re­ally sur­prised me."

The for­mer top-ranked player has faced an­kle and wrist in­juries this sea­son.

"It's al­ways a grind when you are in­jured," Woz­ni­acki said. "You just have to go with it and work hard. It's great to be back."

Alexan­der Zverev

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