Caroline Wozniacki and Madison Keys to Face Off in Charleston Final
(April 6, 2019) CHARLESTON, SC – It will be 2011 Charleston champion Caroline Wozniacki vs. finalist Madison Keys to battle for the 2019 Volvo Car Open on Sunday.
Fifth seed Wozniacki beat 16th seed Petra Martic of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.
For the 2018 Australian Open champion, this is the Dane’s first final for 2019.
“I just think I’ve had a positive attitude this week, and I think I’ve played some smart tennis,” Wozniacki said in her news conference. “I’ve managed to return a lot of balls deep and then try and open up the court. “
“I was really frustrated because I felt like I can’t keep up with her physically, and it’s not even about tennis anymore, and that’s the worst feeling you can get on the court,” Martic said to media.
“I think I served well in most of the match and I think I returned really well most of the match as well, and I just tried to stay aggressive as much as I could and tried to make her run and make her move,” said the former No. 1. “ And I think I did well today.”
Wozniacki will take on American Madison Keys, the eighth seed who downed Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig 6-4, 6-0, in a match interrupted by a rain delay of an hour and 15-minutes.
“I think she came out really firing and going for her shots, and she was making a lot of them,” Keys said to media. “So it was just weathering the storm and waiting for opportunities and trying to play smart when I got them.
“And I think the rain delay actually really helped because I got to refocus and kind of take a step back. And then ‑‑ and then in the second set it was really just stay on it, stay on it, try not to think about anything else, and just really happy that I was able to close it out.”
Wozniacki said that Keys’ big forehand and serve will be the challenge.
“Madison has a big serve and looks to run around that forehand a lot.”
“I need to be ready from the start.”
Keys comes into the final having never beaten Wozniacki.
“Definitely going to look at how she’s been playing and just try to have a really great game plan,” the 2017 U. S. Open finalist said. “ But more than that, just focused on myself, and I’m really proud of what I’ve done this week and how I’ve bounced back from a couple of tough losses. So I’m just going to go out and try to have some fun.”