WOZNIACKI FINALLY TAKES DOWN VENUS, WINS WTA FINALS
SINGAPORE — Caroline Wozniacki won the biggest title of her career, defeating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the WTA Finals on Sunday.
The Dane completed the win with a backhand down the line on a second match point for her 60th match win of the season.
Williams, who won the WTA Finals 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 (Sunday)," Wozniacki said. "I just went out there and did my best."
Wozniacki, 27, whose best previous result at the WTA Finals was reaching the 2010 final, raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set before Williams rallied.
"I didn't seem to come up with my best tennis until it was too late," she said. "I'll try to play a little better earlier next time. That might be a good plan."
Wozniacki dropped serve when she was serving for the first set at 5-3, then dropped serve when serving for the match in the seventh and ninth games of the second set. "I'm still shaking," Wozniacki said. "I was up 5-0 and then Venus started upping her game."
Williams, hoping to win a 50th career title, is the only player at this year's WTA Finals who didn't win a title during the season, though the 37-year-old appeared in three finals — Australian Open, Wimbledon, WTA Finals — at the five most prestigious tournaments of the season.
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