Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wozniacki ends title drought

Wozniacki converted her third match point to break once more and secure victory in the 12th game of the set. Photo: Reuters
Wozniacki converted her third match point to break once more and secure victory in the 12th game of the set. Photo: Reuters

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Caroline Wozniacki put an end to her miserable run of final failures by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-0, 7-5 in Tokyo to win her second straight Pan Pacific Open title.

The Danish former world No 1 was contesting her seventh final of the season, having lost the previous six. The 27-year-old, seeded third, burst out of the gate behind a strong service game with two aces in a 21-minute first-set rout.

Pavlyuchenkova's semi-final win over Angelique Kerber appeared to have taken its toll and she struggled with accuracy, registering three double faults.

After being swept aside in the opener, Pavlyuchenkova was far more competitive in the second and held her serve throughout until Wozniacki converted her third match point to break once more and secure victory in the 12th game of the set.

Meanwhile, Team Europe defeated Team World 15-9 to win the inaugural Laver Cup.

Roger Federer got the decisive win over Nick Kyrgios in Prague, coming from a set down and saving a match point to prevail 4-6 7-6 (8/6) 11-9 in a three-set match.

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