Bastad | Siniakova stunns Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki reached her fifth final of the season only to fall at the last hurdle for a fifth time!
This time the seventh seeded Czech Katerina Siniakova stunned the former World No. 1 and top seed form Denmark 6-3 6-4 to win the Ericsson Open on clay in Bastad, Sweden, for her second career WTA title.
Caroline has had such a great season and it’s so much pressure to play against you. I’m sorry I won! I was just enjoying the game even in the tough conditions.Katerina Siniakova
“It’s really amazing for me,” Siniakova said after the rain delayed final. “Last year was really good, and so I’m so happy that I came back because I couldn’t imagine a better week.
“Caroline has had such a great season and it’s so much pressure to play against you. I’m sorry I won! I was just enjoying the game even in the tough conditions.”
Wozniacki concurred: “It was a tough match. Katerina played very well, so congratulations on winning the title. I’m sure we’ll have many more matches. It’s been a good week.”
At the Jiangzi Open China’s Peng Shuai claimed the title when she overpowered unseeded Nao Hibino 6-3 6-2 in a one-sided final.
The 31-year-old Peng made light work of the Japanese in just under 90 minutes to add to the maiden WTA singles crown she won last year, also on home soil, in Tianjin.
The hard court tournament, where sweltering temperatures troubled players throughout the week, had opened up nicely for Peng when compatriot and top seed Zhang Shuai and European stars Jelena Jankovic and Kristyna Pliskova all crashed out early.