Danish superstar Caroline Wozniacki won the Kremlin Cup Sunday after defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia in three sets for her 20th career title.
Coming into Sunday’s match both women played for more than two hours and three sets in their semifinals wins on Saturday. Sunday was no different as third seeded Wozniacki, skated past top seeded Stosur 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Their match also took more than two hours to complete.
Wozniacki was able to take command of the game early against Stosur, but appeared to be losing her dominance after Stosur evened the match and broke to love in the third set of the first game. Wozniacki was able to bounce back to level the game at 3-3, but stumbled late in the game as Stosur sent a backhand wide on Wozniacki’s second match point.
“At the right times I managed to win the right points,” she said. “I tried to stay aggressive and stay close to the line and just dictate. But she played well and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
Wozniacki amassed eight service breaks, including in the final game of the tournament. The Dane gave Stosur several opportunities to reclaim the lead, but she was unable to capitalize.
Stosur, who won the U.S. Open in 2011, drops to 3-12 in the Women’s Tennis Association and 0-3 in title matches since winning the U.S. Open.
This is Wozniacki’s second championship this year after winning in Seoul, Korea at the Korea Open in September. She has improved her record to 20-11 in WTA final matches.
Wozniacki has yet to qualify for the season-ending WTA Championships that will be held in the Istanbul, Turkey. She currently ranked 11th in the WTA standings, but only the top 10 make the cut for the Championships.
In order for Wozniacki to qualify for the WTA Championships she must win the Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria on Oct. 30.