Thursday, 25 January 2018

Wozniacki first to the final

Women’s semi finals on Day Eleven of the 2018 Aus Open, and first up was the contest between Caroline Wozniacki (2) (still a chance for both a debut major crown and to regain the number one ranking) and unseeded Elise Mertens.

Elise will not be unseeded for much longer given how she has performed this summer - no sets dropped in the tournament to date.

Wozniacki began proceedings with an ace. Despite a backhand and overhead winner from Mertens, Wozniacki held for 1-0.

Solid Mertens serving and 1-1.

Wozniacki broke in the fourth game and extended her lead to 3-1

The second seed saved a break point but strong serving gave her 4-1

5-2 and Wozniacki looking safe for a set lead.

Double fault and deuce. Game point after netted Wozniacki shot.

Two mistakes and set point Wozniacki.

Saved. Ace for game point. Held and 5-3.

Caroline serving for set. Backhand winner and three set points. One required.

6-3 Wozniacki.

Mertens served first in set two. Double fault and two break points.

Backhand winner saved one. Big serving saved the other and also won the game. 1-0.

A love game to Wozniacki and 1-1.

A volley put away by Mertens and she led 2-1. Wozniacki easily holding serve again, backhand winner and ace helping. 2-2.

Three unforced errors from Mertens and she lost serve to be in trouble 3-6 2-3.

A love game to Wozniacki, signed off with an ace, took her to 4-2 and closer to the final.

5-3 after another Wozniacki love game, full of Mertens errors.

Mertens held to love and forced Wozniacki to serve for the match.

At 30-30, Wozniacki contributed two double faults in the last three points to drop serve. 5-5.

An ace and winning forehand took Mertens to 6-5 and a game away from levelling the match.

Four deuces and two set points saved by Wozniacki and finally a tie break.

Mertens lost the first three points through unforced forehand errors.

She then hit two forehand winners. 2-3 down.

After two more unforced errors, one from either side, Mertens trailed 2-5.

A Wozniacki backhand winner set up four match points.

Only one was needed and the second seed sailed into her first Aus Open final 6-3 7-6(2).

Caroline Wozniacki will play the winner of Simona Halep (1) and Angie Kerber (21).

If Halep wins her semi final we will have a debut major winner.

If Wozniacki wins the final she will also be the new number one.

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