Auckland | Despite rain delays, the top two seeds reach final
It’s been a fraught week in Auckland where players have suffered from rain delays during the week and actually lost two days of play pushing the final into Sunday rather than the traditional Saturday.
But for Caroline Wozniacki and Julia Goerges, the respective two seeds, it has been a good week in their first tournament of the season as they fought through their halves of the draw to make the final of the Auckland Classic.
I definitely need a good massage tonight and some great food to just try and be as fresh as possible for tomorrow It would be amazing ...obviously, being here in another final means a lot to me, and I would love to make it a step further and win this tournament. Caroline Wozniacki
Both players were forced to play their quarter-final and semi-final matches on Friday and both came through, with Wozniacki pushed to the limit as she eventually dismissed the American wild card Sofia Kenin 4-6 6-2 6-4 and after nearly a two hour break, was back on court to face another American, qualifier Sachia Vickery who had earlier upset Agnieszka Radwanska, the fourth seed from Poland in straight sets for the loss of just four games, 6-4 6-4.
“I’m exhausted, if I’m being honest,” Wozniacki said after her semi-final. “It’s a tough start to the season – you kind of feel it after the first match… in the back, and the legs, and then we didn’t play for a couple of days, and I said, ‘Oh, it’s nice.’
“Then coming out here and playing three sets this morning, and then two sets when we ran a lot — I’m not 17 anymore, I can feel it for sure!”
In contrast, Goerges, who lost to American Sloane Stephens in the 2016 Auckland final, was far more comfortable in both of her matches.
She beat Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4 in her quarter-final before moving into the final with a 6-1 6-4 win over Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.
Wozniacki, who lost the Auckland final to Venus Williams in 2015 can move up to number two in the world rankings if she wins the title on Sunday.
“I definitely need a good massage tonight and some great food to just try and be as fresh as possible for tomorrow,” the popular Dane said.
“It would be amazing …obviously, being here in another final means a lot to me, and I would love to make it a step further and win this tournament.”