Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wozniacki tops Metric to gain clay-court final in Charleston

Wozniacki tops Metric to gain clay-court final in Charleston

"I'm just so thrilled to be healthy".

Not even she envisioned this run, in which she defeated 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals, 2016 Olympic champion Monica Puig in the semifinals and Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open victor, for the title.

The world number 13 had never lost to Martic in five previous meetings and an upset never looked on the cards on Saturday as she completed a win in 1hr 25min.

Caroline played some rock-solid tennis this week as well although that wasn't enough for the second title here, losing 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 46 minutes against an inspired rival who celebrated the second WTA crown in front of the home fans, a much-needed one after missing battles for the titles in 2018. The very next season, she was the runner-up in the US Open and had a rather promising rise ahead of her. Keys also beat Sloane Stephens along the way, and maybe returning to clay, where she made the French Open semifinals past year, will jump-start her season. Keys steadied herself and won four straight points to set up the tiebreaker. The Dane broke back and went on to close out the match.

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"And I think the rain delay actually really helped because I got to refocus and kind of take a step back". Keys will have a tough time here in overcoming her formidable opponent. "I think I did well today".

The fifth-seeded Wozniacki advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 16 seed Petra Martic of Croatia. Wozniacki leads Keys 2-0 in their head-to-head, but this will be their first match on clay.

Carried by this momentum, Keys dropped only six points on serve in set number two and that gave her the opportunity to wait for a chance on the return patiently, wasting two break points in game two.

Keys beamed and bent her knees and elbows in celebration after putting away Wozniacki's return at the net on match point.

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