Caroline Wozniacki won the first year-ending title of her career on Sunday, defeating Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4, in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore.
Wozniacki, the No. 6 seed in the eight-player tournament, finished runner-up in the Red Group round-robin stage behind lopsided wins over world No. 1 Simona Halep and No. 4 Elina Svitolina and a loss to eventual group winner Caroline Garcia.
The Dane defeated White Group winner and No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova, 7-6, 6-3, in the semifinals before toppling Williams in the finale.
Here’s more on the two-time US Open runner-up and former world No. 1.
The Caroline Wozniacki File
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Current Rank: 3
Career-High Rank: 1 (2012)
Best US Open Finish: F (2009, 2014)
- Wozniacki was appearing in the year-end championships for the fourth time, following three consecutive appearances from 2009-11. The 27-year-old reached the final of the WTA Finals in 2010 in Doha, losing to Kim Clijsters, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. She lost to Serena Williams in the semifinals in her WTA Tour Championships debut one year earlier.
- Wozniacki needed to overcome a one-sided head-to-head record in order to clinch the WTA Finals trophy. She was previously 0-7 against Venus, having won just one of 15 prior sets.
- The Dane reached seven WTA Tour finals in 2017 prior to her year-end title in Singapore. In addition to winning Tokyo for the third time, she also reached the championship match in Doha, Dubai, Miami, Eastbourne, Bastad and Toronto.
- Wozniacki jumped to No. 3 in the WTA rankings this week with her victory. It marks the first time all year she has been that high in the standings. Should she finish the year inside the Top 3, it will be the first time she has accomplished this feat since she was the year-end No. 1 in 2012 for the third consecutive season.
- Wozniacki has reached the quarterfinals or later of every Grand Slam except Wimbledon. She has twice been a runner-up at the US Open (in addition to three semifinals appearances), she made the semifinals in Melbourne in 2011 and she twice reached the quarterfinals in Paris.
They Said It!
“Eight is my lucky number. I was hoping that if I’m going to beat her, at least once in my career, it has to be today. I just went out there and I just did my best." – Wozniacki to WTATour.com after finally beating Williams at the eighth attempt.