Woz­ni­acki beats Williams for first WTA ti­tle

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS -

SIN­GA­PORE — Caro­line Woz­ni­acki won the big­gest ti­tle of her ca­reer when she beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the WTA Fi­nals on Sun­day.

The Dane com­pleted the vic­tory with a back­hand down the line on a sec­ond match point for her 60th match vic­tory of the sea­son.

The 27-year-old Woz­ni­acki’s best pre­vi­ous re­sult at the WTA Fi­nals was reach­ing the fi­nal in 2010.

Williams, who was hop­ing to win a 50th ca­reer ti­tle on Sun­day, is the only player at this year’s WTA Fi­nals who didn’t win a ti­tle dur­ing the sea­son.

The 37-year-old Williams ap­peared in three fi­nals at the five most pres- ti­gious tour­na­ments of the sea­son: the Aus­tralian Open, Wim­ble­don, and here in Sin­ga­pore.

Williams, who won the WTA Fi­nals ti­tle in 2008, had won all seven pre­vi­ous matches against Woz­ni­acki.

“Eight is my lucky num­ber so I was hop­ing if I was go­ing to beat her at least once in my ca­reer it would be to­day,” Woz­ni­acki said. “I just went out there and did my best.”

Woz­ni­acki raced to a 5-0 lead in the sec­ond set be­fore Williams mounted a late come­back at­tempt.

“I didn’ t seem to come up with my best ten­nis un­til it was too late,” Williams said. “I’ll try to play a lit­tle bet­ter ear­lier next time. That might be a good plan.”

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