It has been quite some time since Caroline Wozniacki won a Premier Mandatory title in fact the last time was just over six years ago at Indian Wells where she saw off Marion Bartoli but standing in her way of her first title of the season is Johanna Konta.
After a steady start to the year she has begun to find some form and to do it at one of the biggest tournaments outside of the majors is great for her.
The game has always been on her racket from the first time on tour but something that had been lacking for a while over the last few years is that digging out results regularly but this week she has had to fight and used all her weapons expertly and at the right time as she progresses to another final.
You have to credit Caro on what she has achieved and in some high pressure situations as well. She was down in the first set against Muguruza in a previous round and fought back to dominate the tie-breaker and then of course the Spaniard retired due to feeling unwell but to completely turn around as she did against Pliskova is a greater achievement.
Pliskova is the lead in the race to Singapore this year and started their semi-final very quickly with a break of serve with some clever backhands and this continued throughout the set as the Czech showed some solid serving and defending to take the set 7-5 and then the Dane turned on her magic.
The movement was better and she started creeping her shots towards the baseline forcing Pliskova to play a more instinctive style of play from the baseline instead of a controlled one. At the same time Pliskova’s served dropped dramatically with just 29% of first serves in play which is unheard for her and once Wozniacki got a hold she had no response her.
To go from taking a set 7-5 to then winning 2 of the next 14 games as she lost 7-5 1-6 1-6 to the former world number one is tough to take but one to learn from and importantly move on quickly from.
After wins against Safarova, Muguruza and Pliskova already this week standing in her way of her first title of the year is Britain’s Jo Konta!