Finalist in Doha last week and Caroline Wozniacki is on the right path for another good week on the tour after a hard-fought win against Bondarenko late at night in Dubai to seal her place in the next round.
The Dane didn’t get off to a good start, it took her until mid-way during the second set until she started to find that rhythm we saw constantly last week but when she turned it on it wasn’t just about turning on the style but her game plan was controlled and just effective.
Something she did introduce which you watch but probably don’t think much about is ‘moon ball’. Wozniacki has the defensive skills to keep rallies going and going and throwing this shot in just intised Bondarenko into trying this flying backhand which turned into a disaster for the Ukranian who produced error after error off it and continued to get frustrated.
When the Dane is at her best she paints the lines and with the backhand she started to find her range with the forehand as well cross court pulling Bondarenko across the court. It wasn’t a vintage Wozniacki performance but one she can turn back on and say job done as she reaches her fourth quarter final of the year which is the most of any player on the WTA Tour this year!