Wozniacki comes full circle by reclaiming China Open title

Tanya Simon
October 9, 2018

Juan Martin del Potro said that he was battling illness after he suffered a shock defeat in the China Open final on Sunday, losing 6-4, 6-4 to unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. The unseeded Sevastova downed U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka in the semifinal, but couldn't handle the second-seeded Wozniacki's punishing groundstrokes. The eighth seed, who stunned Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam last month in NY, belatedly began finding some range.

"I want to thank my team; Michael [Mortensen, her coach] thank you for being here and helping me out, and of course my dad, who has always been there with me since the start".

The 20-year-old had sustained the injury during her semi-final match against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in the recently-concluded China Open.

"Then after number one in the world, I wanted to win a Slam, then I wanted to lift trophies".

A single break of serve was enough to see the Latvian take the first set, and the writing was on the wall for Osaka when Sevastova broke again midway through the second for a 3-2 lead.

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"The doctors have advised me that I need to rest to ensure the injury is not further aggravated and become more serious". "I needed to really work it, to work hard, win the points".

Caroline Wozniacki eased her way into the final of the China Open with a straight-sets victory against home favourite Wang Qiang.

"I also want to thank and apologise to Anastasija for today".

Fognini withdrew from the semi-final because of ankle pain.

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