Wozniacki beats Japanese teen Osaka to win Pan Pacific Open
Caroline Wozniacki overcame injury to beat Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 and win the Pan Pacific Open yesterday.
Wozniacki, who also won here in 2010, took control in the second set when she broke in the second game.
The former No. 1 led 5-0 before Osaka fought back to give home fans some hope, but Wozniacki sealed victory in the ninth game when Osaka’s return went wide.
Osaka — playing in her first WTA final — had led 3-1 in the first set but couldn’t sustain the momentum.
Wozniacki, who has faced ankle and wrist injuries this season, took a medical timeout midway through the first set because of a sore groin and came back with a bandaged left leg. She broke Osaka after returning and won three of the last four games of the set.
The veteran’s consistency won the day, with just 16 unforced errors to Osaka’s 32. Ruthless on the crucial points, Wozniacki converted five of six break point opportunities and won an impressive 11 of 12 forays to the net.
Zverev stuns Wawrinka for St. Petersburg title
Promising German 19-year-old Alexander Zverev won his first tour title Sunday, beating US Open champion Stan Wawrinka in a tight battle in the St. Petersburg Open final.
Zverev took the first set before Wawrinka responded to draw level. The German was a break down in the decider, but fought back to win 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
Zverev becomes the first man to beat Wawrinka in a tour final since 2013, snapping an 11-match win streak in finals for the Swiss star, who had been trying to win back-to-back titles in his first tournament since the US Open. The loss also ends a 10-match unbeaten run for Wawrinka.
Earlier, Britain’s Dominic Inglot and Finland’s Henri Kontinen won the doubles title.
Arruabarrena beats Niculescu in 3 sets to win Korea Open
Lara Arruabarrena of Spain beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 60, 2-6, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Korea Open and claim her second WTA singles title.
After racing through the opening set, Arruabarrena double faulted twice to surrender her serve in the fourth game of the second and Niculescu seized the opportunity to level the match.
Arruabarrena broke with a superb lob early in the third set and the match swung decisively in her favor.
Niculescu saved one match point but it was delaying the inevitable and Arruabarrena wrapped up the victory, adding to her win on clay in Bogota four years ago.
Pouille beats Thiem to win Moselle Open and 1st title
Lucas Pouille clinched his first career title yesterday, beating topseeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (5), 6-2 to win the Moselle Open final.
The third-seeded Frenchman, a US Open quarterfinalist earlier this month, clipped a neat volley for match point and then hit an ace down the middle.
The 22-year-old Pouille tilted his head back and then wagged a finger in celebration, before the 10th-ranked Thiem hugged him at the net.
“I’m really happy to win my first title here. I played well from the beginning,” Pouille said. “Now I can rest and get ready for (the China Open) next week in Beijing.”
It has been a breakthrough year for the No. 18-ranked Pouille, who has beaten five top 10ranked players this year — including Rafael Nadal at the US Open.
“Since beating (David) Ferrer in Miami, there hasn’t really been a moment where my level dropped,” Pouille said. “I can’t stop now; the tennis road is very long.”
Pouille gave special thanks to his coach, Emmanuel Planque, who looked tearful when Pouille made his victory speech.
“Thanks Manu, for everything,” Pouille said. “It’s in large part thanks to you that I’m here now.”
Pouille won 83 percent of points on his first serve and saved the only break point he faced in the first set.
Thiem, who was bidding for his eighth career title, saved all three break points in the first set, but Pouille broke him twice in the second.
Thiem, a French Open semifinalist this year, is in contention to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals for the first time. He is in seventh position in the race for the ATP Finals to be played in London in November, with five of the eight slots still up for grabs.
Caroline Wozniacki poses with the winner’s plate after winning the Japan Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo yesterday Photo: AP