569 wins and 27 titles but the latest might just be the beginning for Caro

Even just at 27 years old Caroline Wozniacki is a bit of a veteran on the tour. As a former world number one the Dane has had many ups and downs on the tour but has just come off the back end of her most successful week winning her 27th career title but her biggest to date winning the WTA Finals for the first time.

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Caro has been on the tour for some time and has fought hard time and time again and in the last 18 months has turned her career around after poor form and injury saw her drop to 73 in the world just over a year ago but is now sat at 3 for the end of 2017.

Everything does seem to have come together for Caro over the length of the season. Earlier on in the year I said that 1 title win from 7 finals isn’t great but the Dane has had a successful season and it is unfair to look at the success of a season and define a success of a season by the amount of titles one.

This could be the making of Woz and I will be doing a piece on her game and where she should focus in my opinion but a big if is building on this success. This wasn’t a fluke from the Dane she turned up and after 569 wins the best may yet follow.

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Wozniacki 6-4 6-4 Venus – The Danes Day in Singapore

A day that has finished with Caroline Wozniacki’s 60th win of 2017 and her biggest career title to date. Her head to head against Venus didn’t read pretty for the Dane but she turned on her style and the performance was one of the most consistent I have seen from the 27 year old.

From the beginning the opening service game to love showed she was in the zone and ready for this one. She defended well and more importantly moved the ball about from side to side which was one of the defining factors in her win today the ability and control behind all of her shots.

Her defence is something unmatched by anyone on the tour and she produces winners from positions you shouldn’t be allowed to! She really is so good at it!

You could sense the nerves when Dane came out and also despite leading 5-0 in the final set but the racket flew in the air as the Dane got over the finish line but this could just be the beginning!

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WTA Finals Showdown- Venus Williams v Caroline Wozniacki

Singapore this year welcomed some old faces and some new faces and after 6 days of tennis eight players have become two and it’s the most experienced to battle for the title.

It is a weird one between Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams. No one expected this final but it seems suitable and now a good year for both could become better.

In all honesty if you go back through the season and look at their results in the majors you’d say Caro would be disappointed and triumphing here would great closure to a good year.

Likewise for Venus who has been exceptional at the majors with the most wins on the WTA and at the age of 37 to have had such a consistent year is remarkable.

Unfortunately there can only be one winner, a good start is essential at the Singapore showdown!

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WTA Finals Day 2 – No nonsense

Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki have done their chances of progressing in Singapore and potentially ending the year as world number one no harm what so ever.

I watched the first set and a half of Halep v Garcia before I left for work and after the first couple of games Halep was hanging on in there but she did it incredible well. The Romanian had that no nonsense look on her face from the first point and made it super difficult for the French woman who of course defeated Halep a few weeks ago in the Beijing final. Overall it was a solid performance from the Romanian who kept aggressive on the baseline and had that steel she has lacked in some big matches this year.

Test’s in Singapore don’t get tougher than Wozniacki. The Dane had lost twice to Svitolina this year in straight sets and both in finals going into this encounter but after a few holds of serve from both players but Wozniacki began to counter punch from the baseline and from 3-2 broke for a 4-2 lead and then won another 9 games in a row to see off the Ukrainian 6-2 6-0.

On courts like these you have to create your own pace and Svitolina couldn’t keep up with the brilliance of Caro on day 2 as the Dane and the Romanian showed great determination in their respective no nonsense wins!

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WTA Finals Singapore Preview – The Final Chapter of 2017

This year the WTA Finals celebrate 45 years. Winners include the best; Evert, Navratilova, Seles, Graf, Hingis, Davenport, Serena, Venus and many more top names in woman’s tennis. This year you could argue that the field is more open than ever before.

Recent winners in Singapore include Agnieszka Radwanska (2015) and Dominika Cibulkova (2016) and in all honesty the season after both have gone missing. I couldn’t tell you where either are ranked right now.

With no Serena, Vika, Sharapova or Kvitova the field has opened up this year and the opportunity has come but it’s not just about one week but the year after.

So, who is in the field this year?

  1. Simona Halep
  2. Garbine Muguruza
  3. Karolina Pliskova
  4. Elina Svitolina
  5. Venus Williams
  6. Caroline Wozniacki
  7. Jelena Ostapenko
  8. Caroline Garcia

Only two Grand Slam winners from this year will be in Singapore and those are Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and surprise major winner Jelena Ostapenko who of course shocked Roland Garros in early June.

Nothing to prove…

Two ladies you could say have nothing to prove in Singapore are Caroline Garcia and Jelena Ostapenko. No one expected either to be here in Singapore. Jelena shocked the world with her aggressive forehand at the French Open and has grown a lot on the tour winning titles and showing she is up for the challenge.

Caroline Garcia had a steady year on the tour and recently took advantage of others bad fortune post Wimbledon but also she stepped up massively as she became the first player on the WTA tour to complete the Wuhan and Beijing double.

Nowhere to hide…

Halep, Muguruza, Pliskova. Three ladies who have achieved a lot already but need to find consistency. Out of the three I think Muguruza has been the best over the season but did start slowly. Halep has been good getting to certain stages of tournaments but as the new world number one I don’t still see that steel in her game a world number one needs. Pliskova was playing a blinder this year and after Wimbledon it fell down and maybe expectations on herself in Wimbledon and New York got too much for the Czech number one.

Veterans!

There is nothing wrong with being a veteran. Caroline Wozniacki is no stranger to Singapore and neither is the only former champion in the field Venus Williams. Both bring big game experience to the finals. Venus at 37 has had an incredible year and likewise for Caro, to reach Singapore is a great achievement and I hope she does well here. Looking back on her season she’d probably liked to have done well in the majors especially New York.

Wildcard

My one to watch and favourite. Elina Svitolina has had a solid year on the tour. Her all-round game which was very good at the beginning of the year is much better. She brings great variety, fight, determination and a can do attitude which is what I like to see and which is why I think she is a favourite.

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7 finals, 1 title but this season has been a success for Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki has not been a stranger to finals this year but has been a stranger to titles. Before arriving in Tokyo the Dane was 0/6 in the finals this year but for a player who has featured in almost 800 matches at 27 years old she has been through a lot.

This title in Tokyo was another landmark for Caro not only her 26th career title but also her 10th year running winning a title on the tour and wins against Cibulkova and Muguruza propelled her to 10 top 10 wins this calendar year which is a career high for her.

It’s too easy to look at the stats from the finals and see 7 finals and 1 titles and can quickly turn around and say a poor year but they would be unfair and naïve.

US Open last year Caro was outside top 60 in the world and is now guaranteed to be at the WTA Finals in Singapore next month and has managed to stay injury free and on a whole I would say it has been a success.

The only issue I would have is Grand Slams especially the US Open. Caro and the US Open is such a special time for her and it was in a fact that securing her 100th grand slam singles win and qualify for the WTA Finals for the first time in three years.

There is still so much to play for and picking up another titles, record number of top 10 years and a return to the WTA finals is a success a better run in New York would have been nice to see but no-one has a ‘perfect season’ but it can get better in the final 5 weeks.

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Wozniacki and Sharapova exchange words over scheduling…

Caroline Wozniacki has hit out at the USTA for their scheduling and she is spot on!

Last year Caro came into New York ranked outside the top 70 in the world but she fought hard and is now ranked 5 in the world and incredibly got pushed out on one of the outside courts 5th on court so Sharapova could play on Ashe…

Wozniacki said she thought it was unacceptable that the world number 5 was put 5th on court 5 after 11am. She went on to question the USTA’s decision to have all of Sharapova’s matches on centre which doesn’t send out the best message for a player returning from a drugs ban.

I’m totally with Wozniacki with the fact it doesn’t set a good example but the organisers have shown what is more important with scheduling and that is money.

Since Wozniacki’s comments Sharapova has hit back…

“Regards to scheduling, as you know I don’t make the schedule. And you know I’m a pretty big competitor and if you put me out in the parking lot at queens in New York City I’m happy to play there. That’s not what matters to me, all that matters is that I’m in the fourth round and I’m not sure where she is. (Wozniacki lost in R1)”

Ouch…

The debate will go on every tournament and I am with Wozniacki as it doesn’t send out the correct message and if anything has been welcomed back with open arms but at the same time Sharapova doesn’t have a say on where she plays.

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