August 4, 2015

Wozniacki Grinds Past Kerber To Reach BNP Paribas Open Final

Caroline Wozniacki

(March 15, 2013) Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki rallied to upset No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the final of the BNP Paribas Open, her third time in the finals in the past four years.

Wozniacki, seeded eighth won Indian Wells in 2011 after being a losing finalist in 2010, held off a late surge by Kerber to eke past the German in  two-and-a-half hours, despite at one point being down 2-6 0-2.

The match was flooded with service breaks – 14 in total.

The critical game in the match came in the second set at 3-3, when Wozniacki survived five break points going on to win the set and even tha match. “Somehow I managed to come back and hold my serve,” Wozniacki said. “We had a really long game there… but I managed to turn it around.”

“I actually don’t remember right now really, because it was so close match and I was just focusing on every point each, “Kerber said of the seventh game of the second set.  “There was a lot of points like close ones.”

“I led 4-1 in the third and should have finished it off there but she’s a great fighter,” said a joyful Wozniacki courtside, after the match. “I played a bit short and she was all over it.”

“It was a tough match from the beginning,” Kerber said.  “I start very well, but, yeah, she find to her game in the second set.

“And it was not easy for me, but I think it was a close and good match.

“At the end I think she won important points, and, yeah, and won the match.”

Wozniacki implemented the use of hitting high balls also known as “moonballs” beginning in the second set.

“I just took it as it came, “ Wozniacki said.  “I was trying to figure out a way to win.  And it doesn’t really matter how, you know.  It’s just important to win the points basically.

“I felt like I got some nice points out of it, and I felt like I could go from defense to offense that way, as well.”

Wozniacki will do battle for the title on Sunday against the winner of the Maria Sharapova- Maria Kirilenko match.

“Both great competitors, both fighting for every point,“ said the Dane commenting on her potential opponents. “Sharapova playing very aggressively and trying to take every ball on the rise and plays very flat.

“Kirilenko plays with a bit more spin; comes to the net a bit more; mixes it up.  She runs well, as well.  So it’s a little bit of a different opponent, really.”