Caroline Wozniacki Wins 2011 New Haven Open At Yale, Remains Undefeated In 17 Matches At New Haven

Caroline Wozniacki, 2011 New Haven Open At Yale Champion

Caroline Wozniacki has spent most of the summer looking like anything but the world’s #1 ranked player, particularly with Serena Williams’ success after Wimbledon. If ever there were a place for Caroline’s game to heal, it’s the courts at the New Haven Open at Yale, formerly the Pilot Pen. She went into the final against surprise opponent Petra Cetkovska with a perfect 16-0 record. She finished the match with a perfect 17-0 record and her 4th championship in four tournaments in New Haven. With the win, Caroline collects her 6th title of the year.

Petra Cetkovska

The flow of the match was similar to Caroline’s semifinal against rising star Christina McHale, with the lower ranked player pushing the world #1 in the first set before fading in the second. Cetkovska, playing in her first career WTA final, battled to 4-4 in the first set, breaking Caroline in the third game. Caroline answered immediately by breaking back in the fourth game to even the set at 2 games all. Wozniacki is noticeably trying to mix a little more aggression into her game. She will need that to triumph at Majors. Cetkovska’s game is all aggression, particularly off the forehand side. Petra broke Caroline again to go up 3-2 and serving, but could not hold the break as Caroline once again broke back to even the set at 3-3. At this point, even the points won were even at 19-19. Things stayed even at 4-4 after a pair of service holds.

It’s at this stage of a match, all even deep in an opening set with a lesser ranked player, that champions raise their game and show why they are the sport’s elite players. Caroline did just that. After splitting the first 8 games at 4-4, Caroline turned up the heat to win 8 of the next 9 games. What had been a tightly contested match turned into a runaway 6-4 6-1 win for Caroline. If Caroline can continue to mix in power shots, particularly the backhand down the line that opens up the court, she will be difficult to beat at the US Open. She will have to prove that she can be effective with her new found aggression against higher ranked players. With all due respect, taking it Cetkovska and taking it to Serena or Vera Zvonareva are two different things. But on this day at New Haven, Caroline once again resembled a world #1.

Singles – Final
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 64 61

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

w/RORY MCILROY

PETRA CETKOVSKA

with coach Stephane Charret

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