Reported by ESPN –
Caroline Wozniacki is set to reach the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions after she beat Roberta Vinci on Wednesday.
Wozniacki, the top seed in the absence of Venus and Serena Williams – who are touring Nigeria and South Africa, remains on course to win the $750,000 event after she made it back-to-back wins in Sofia. Facing world No. 16 Vinci, the Dane triumphed 6-3 6-1 to sit top of Group A with a 100 per cent record.
The round-robin competition sees the top two players in either group advance to the last four, and while the possibility exists that two other players could end up alongside Wozniacki with two wins to their name, it is an unlikely scenario.
Wozniacki certainly started quickly against Vinci, creating the first five break points, the last of which she converted for a 4-2 lead. Vinci had a couple of opportunities to get back on level terms, but the Dane’s defence was good as she served out for the set.
Wozniacki broke again early in the second to assume total control of the match, and she added a further break to move to 4-1. In the end she closed out the match impressively in 68 minutes.
The day’s opening match saw second seed Nadia Petrova beat Zheng Jie 6-3 6-3 in Group B. Zheng has now lost both her matches.
Petrova, Maria Kirilenko and Tsvetana Prionkova all sit on one win apiece after Kirilenko beat Pironkova 6-1 6-4.