Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sweet Caroline.

Fresh off her third Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title of the year in Montréal, Caroline Wozniacki kept the streak alive Wednesday night, beating Dominika Cibulkova in her opener at the Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale.

Wozniacki, the No.1 seed and two-time defending champion at the Premier-level tournament, had a slow start against the former Top 15 player, finding herself down 4-2 in the first set; she would wrestle control of the match from that point though, winning 10 of the next 11 games of the match for a 6-4 6-1 victory.

"I was telling myself, 'I want to play, move your feet, come on, let's go,'" said the No.2-ranked Wozniacki, who received treatment on her back at 3-4 in the first set. "I didn't want to play three sets, I wanted to win in two."

Wozniacki saved her best for last too - serving for the win at 6-4 5-1, she won three of her four points with big aces. Afterwards, Wozniacki had a photo opp with Yale's football team: "They're really nice guys. That they came and supported me today was just fun. We should make this a tradition."

Wozniacki is now 12-1 since Wimbledon, the only loss coming to Marion Bartoli in the third round of Cincinnati. She is also a perfect 11-0 in New Haven, winning back-to-back titles at the combined event in 2008 and 2009.

Next for Wozniacki is No.7 seed Flavia Pennetta. Wozniacki is 4-0 head-to-head against Pennetta, although three of those wins came in three sets.

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