Caroline Wozniacki wasted no time in her quarterfinal match at the Connecticut Open. The four time winner in New Haven defeated Caroline Garcia swiftly in a 6-3, 6-0 straight sets win on center court at the Connecticut Tennis Center on the campus of Yale University.
It’s the battle of the Caroline’s in the final quarterfinal of the day where one tried to continue her quest to be champion again while the other planned to do it for the first time. The two have only met once dating back three years where the Dane made easy work of the then 19 year old. Though the Frenchwoman sits 36th in the WTA her actions on court have been nothing short of hardworking.
Garcia brings her game to the court every opportunity she gets for herself. Although she hasn’t made anything of her matches in the last few months, her tenacity continued to live on helping her defeat big players.
Wozniacki would do nothing short of playing rough against Garcia, as she has been showing toughness in the past two matches. The 25 year old got through a wild match with Roberta Vinci to make it through by the skin of her teeth. With every intention not to let it repeat, the Dane planned her course to New York to be nothing but success along the way.
Wozniacki took the first game in stride but felt a distraction during the next game. Fans that were in her line of sight used lights and flash photography that caused her trouble on focusing against Garcia. It led to a fight on deuce that she lost out on in the second but rallied back to win the third taking a 2-1 lead. While she was able to focus away from the distractions she still had a challenge against the young Frenchwoman who tied the set at two all after four.
The tiebreak was over for Wozniacki as she held serve to take a 3-2 lead before breaking Garcia to end the stalemate. The Dane held a three game winning streak that caused Garcia’s dad/coach to give her a pep talk. While on serve, she held off the strength of the Dane who was playing for the set but was denied by a two points spread. Wozniacki brushed off the first try and got it done on serve to end the set in 32 minutes. “It took me a little bit to get used to the different spin Garcia put on it and it was much better as well as my serve,” Wozniacki said to Rennae Stubs of ESPN.
During the break, Piotr Wozniacki came out to give his daughter a few words of advice to implement into the second set. She opened it with two straight wins but had trouble in the third yanking the point away. It came down to a lobbed shot that Garcia set up only to watch Wozniacki respond well and have her medicine fed to her. After yet another talk with her father, Wozniacki continued to dominate out on court leading 4-0 while as Garcia continued to struggle against the tough Dane.
Wozniacki raced to the edge of the set with a 5-0 where on two match points, the 25 year old fired a shot that Garcia smacked into the net ending the match in 54 minutes in the easiest and quickest match played on the day. Wozniacki lost just one point in the second set to Garcia indicating she was more than ready to regain the title in Connecticut. “I love it here,” Wozniacki said about the venue I played so many good matches here. I just thought after not being fit for the rest of the series that I might as well play here.”
With her just two wins from winning the title for a fifth time, Wozniacki will go into Friday to face defending champion Petra Kvitova who has won the tournament twice.