Caroline Wozniacki capped off her resurgent 2017 by winning the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Wozniacki beat four of the WTA's Top 5 players to stand at the top of the WTA mountain.
Caroline opened the tournament in a battle between the WTA’s two winningest players this season and she triumphed over Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-0 in Red Group action. Wozniacki reeled off ten games in a row to close out the match and earn her first victory in Singapore in just 58 minutes. The Dane struck 16 winners and just five unforced errors against Svitolina, who hit 10 winners and 18 unforced errors. Wozniacki converted every one of the five break points she earned, and her strong serving put her in charge of the rallies from the start.
Caroline continued her sizzling form in her next match rolling past No. 1 ranked Simona Halep, 6-0, 6-2. She broke Halep five times in eight opportunities, hitting three aces and nine winners, and saved the lone break point she faced. The former World No.1 and 2010 WTA Finals runner-up dropped just four games through the first two matches in Singapore. With the victory over Halep, she also recorded three wins against World No.1 players in 2017 - having defeated Garbiñe Muguruza en route to winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, and Karolina Pliskova at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Wozniacki fell to France's Caroline Garcia 0-6 6-3 7-5 in her last round-robin match, but she had already qualified for the WTA Finals last four from the Red Group after two wins.
In the single elimination semi-final, Caroline overcame No.3 seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6(9), 6-3 to make her way into the final of the WTA Finals. The victory, completed in four minutes under two hours, was built on Caroline’s resilience, consistency and greater variation on the key points, and put the 27-year-old into her final of the eight-woman event for the first time since 2010.
In the final, Caroline took on fifth-seeded Venus Williams looking for her first career win against the American in eight tries. Wozniacki survived a stirring comeback from seven-time grand slam winner in the second set to win the match 6-4, 6-4 and claim the 2017 WTA Finals championship. It was Wozniacki’s first WTA Finals win, besting her runner-up finish in 2010. Caroline played her exceptional mix of offense and defense to the hilt, hitting 19 winners to only eight unforced errors. Four of those winners were aces, extending her strong serving statistics she exhibited throughout the tournament.
The win moved Wozniacki to No.3 in the WTA rankings and capped a wonderful year in which she reached eight finals, and won two titles, including the Toray Pan Pacific Open to go alongside her WTA Finals trophy. Her heroics in Singapore also made her the season leader in match wins (60) and Top 10 wins (13).
"Going into the tournament, you know that it's going to be a tough one," Wozniacki said. "I'm really proud of how I have played all week and how I have fought and how I really produced some great fighting out there. To be here with the trophy means a lot, and it's a great way to finish off the year."
As the 2010 and 2016 Pan Pacific Open Champion, Caroline Wozniacki was looking for that same success in the 2017 edition and closing out her consistently strong play for the year. She found that success early, getting by Shelby Rogers in Round 16 (4-6 6-1 6-4)....