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Venus Williams Tops Caroline Wozniacki To Win Auckland Final
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2015 12:42pm PST USA
Venus Williams Tops Caroline Wozniacki To Win Auckland Final AUCKLAND--Saturday at Auckland, New Zealand (Friday night USA time) in the much anticipated dream final of the ASB Classic, the 19th ranked Venus Williams of the USA recovered from a slow start to upset the 8th ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in her first tournament of the year.

Early in set one, Wozniacki displayed a high level of play while Williams was a mix of winners and errors as the Dane broke serve twice to lead 5-1 before closing out the set 6-2 after the American sent a

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Wozniacki: "I was putting a lot of pressure on her, but she played better and better as the match went on."

backhand down the line return wide on set point number two after 31 minutes of play.

Wozniacki broke Williams’ serve to start set two after a three deuce game which saw Williams on the run to end the game as she sent a forehand down the line long to trail 0-1.

However the 6 feet one inch tall American then struck several powerful serves and groundstrokes to win four games in a row to lead 4-1 before taking the set with a backhand down the line winner on set point to hold serve after 38 minutes of play for the set.

Wozniacki held serve to begin the final set. Then Williams struck two aces to hold serve to level the set at 1 all.

The American then broke serve and held serve again behind a 117 miles per hour ace struck down the tee at 40-15 to lead 3-1.

Wozniacki held serve to pull to 3-2. The American then survived a deuce service game after striking her sixth ace of the day down the tee on gamepoint to lead 4-2.

Serving up 40-0, Wozniacki hit a difficult down the line forehand lob winner while running back to the baseline from the net to hold serve to reach 4-3.

Williams then rebounded from a 15-30 score to hold serve after striking a backhand down the line winner to hold serve and lead 5-3.

Serving to stay in the match, Wozniacki saved three match points, the third with an ace down the tee to reach deuce number two of the game.

However Williams struck a down the line forehand volley winner to set up match point number four.

The Dane netted a crosscourt forehand to end the match after one hour and 53 minutes of play.

“Venus played really well. She’s had a great week,” Wozniacki said. “I served really well at the start, and I was putting a lot of pressure on her, but she played better and better as the match went on.”

For Williams, the title would be her 46th career singles title and a possible confidence booster ahead of tennis’ first of four grand slams of the year, the Australian Open; which begins January 19th in Melbourne.

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