Caroline Wozniacki Regained Her WTA World Number One Ranking in Dubai Today
Dubai, UAE, February 19th 2011 –The top seed made a hesitant start, dropping her opening service game at love when she netted a backhand before falling behind 3-0. She gradually became more competitive, but almost paid a heavy price after failing to convert two break points at 2-4.
Jankovic held four set points at 5-3 before netting a forehand to give Wozniacki a break of serve, and Wozniacki then went on to break a second time to lead 6-5. In a tense conclusion to the set, Wozniacki held off two break points before holding for 7-5.
Jankovic, who had been stretched to three sets in her last two matches, clearly began to tire in the second set, and an exchange of three breaks left her trailing 4-3.
Jankovic held two break points to get back on level terms but Wozniacki held and went on to claim victory by breaking Jankovic to love in the next game.
“I just kept fighting,” said Wozniacki of her recovery from her slow start. “I actually just had a good feeling going into the match, even though I started off a little bit slower today. She started off well, and, you know, I made a few mistakes. But then I actually felt like I started to hit the ball really well. I was thinking, ‘Okay, if she wins this match, it’s just too good’.”
And on the set points?
“I didn’t think about the score. I just felt, ‘Okay, just hit the ball… Just play aggressively. You have to dictate. If you make a mistake, fine, that’s what happens. But don’t just put the ball in because you’re done’.”
Jankovic had a great week, but admitted that she had not made the most of her chances and that she had begun to feel the effects of her tough matches over the last couple of days.
“I had those set points, and I kind of rushed a little bit,” said Jankovic. “I didn’t really take my time, you know, and play those points. But she was very solid and she ran a lot of balls down. I had some chances. I pulled her out wide, and then I needed to come in a lot more to finish it at the net or give her a little less time. But I kind of stayed back at times and let her come back into the points.
“Obviously, you know, I’m a little bit exhausted. The last couple of days took a lot out of me, and maybe it showed today. But I still fought as hard as I could. I really gave my best, but it’s unfortunate in that first set I didn’t take those chances.”
Wozniacki will play either 11th seed Flavia Pennetta or 16th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. That semi-final was taking place later on Saturday.