Reported by the WTA –
ISTANBUL, Turkey – Having lost two of their three previous meetings, Caroline Wozniacki struck back against Roberta Vinci on Sunday night to capture the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup title.
In a dream final at the International-level tournament, the No.1-seeded Wozniacki took on the No.2-seeded Vinci. But they got there in very different ways. Though she cooled off a pair of WTA Rising Stars – Belinda Bencic and Kristina Mladenovic – in straight sets, Wozniacki was pushed to three sets two rounds in a row, against Karin Knapp in the second round and Karolina Pliskova in the quarters. Meanwhile, on the other half of the draw, Vinci didn’t come close to losing a set all tournament.
But it was the battle-ready Wozniacki who was better ready for battle in crunch time, completely dominating Vinci in 67 minutes in the final, 6-1, 6-1. Her serve was a stronghold – she fought off all six of the break points she faced and held all seven of her sevice games. The Dane was dangerous on the return too, breaking five times in the match, including in Vinci’s last three service games.
“I tried to play aggressively like always but made a lot of mistakes,” Vinci said. “It’s tough to play like that against Caroline because she puts everything back in the court, and it was tough for me to stay in the rallies today. But I’m happy with my week and Caroline just played much better than me.”
Wozniacki took home her first WTA title of the year and the 22nd of her illustrious career.
The former No.1 has now won a WTA title every year for the last seven years, winning her first three in 2008, three more in 2009, six in 2010, six in 2011, two in 2012, one in 2013 and now one in 2014.
“I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title – it’s a great feeling!” Wozniacki said. “I’m happy how the final went today. I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated the match.
“I’ve had a good week and am feeling good on hardcourts, which is great moving forward.”
It has been a great few weeks for Vinci, too, though. Having gone 7-17 on the tour from the start of the year through Wimbledon, and dropping from No.14 to No.24 in that time, the Italian has revived her season with an 8-2 record and back-to-back finals in the two weeks since leaving the All-England Club, finishing runner-up at Bucharest last week (to WTA Rising Star Simona Halep) and now Istanbul.
The doubles final took place earlier in the day and saw Misaki Doi and Elina Svitolina beat Oksana Kalashnikova and Paula Kania, 6-4, 6-0. Both Doi and Svitolina won the first WTA doubles title of their career in Istanbul – for Doi it was even more special, as it was her first WTA title of any kind.