Saturday, February 26, 2011
Caro and Vera to battle for Doha title.
In 65 minutes, Wozniacki never let Bartoli into the match, breaking her serve six times to avenge routine losses at Stuttgart in 2009 and Cincinnati in 2010.
"If you've played well and had a tough three set battle, it's a great feeling to win. But winning like this is amazing too," Wozniacki said. "It means I'm playing at a high level. I'm hitting the ball well. I'm really pleased with my performance."
"Caroline is No.1, you expect that kind of performance," Bartoli said. "You have to work really hard for each point. And even when you work really hard, she can come up with great passing shots. She was too good and I made more mistakes than usual. She was putting so much pressure with her defense."
The No.1-seeded Wozniacki commented on her potential opponents in the final, No.2 seed Vera Zvonareva or No.5 seed Jelena Jankovic.
"It doesn't matter to me who I play, I'll go out there and just fight," Wozniacki said. "I don't know if I'll win. They are two tough competitors."
Zvonareva was able to make it past an in-form Jankovic in the second semifinal, cruising to a 6-1 2-2 lead before running into some problems, losing four games in a row to drop the second set and facing triple break point at 4-all, 0-40 in the third; but the Russian had beaten the Serb four times in a row and made that five by winning nine of the last 11 points of the last match on the schedule.
Wozniacki is 13-6 in career finals on the WTA; Zvonareva is 10-16.
Wozniacki leads Zvonareva in their head-to-head series, 4-3. The pair met five times in 2010, with Wozniacki winning three of those five meetings.