Sunday, October 21, 2012
Kremlin Cup Final Highlights
Caroline Wozniacki defeated Samantha Stosur 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to win the Kremlin Cup 2012 title.
Wozniacki dominated early against Stosur but then looked to be in trouble after the Australian leveled the match and then broke to love in the first game of the third set.
The former world number 1 fought back to level at 3-all, and broke again in the last game when Stosur sent a backhand wide on Wozniacki's second match point.
"I think both of us played very good tennis out there," Wozniacki said of the final. "Sam has been playing well and I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and it could have gone either way at the end, but I think at the right times I played the right shots. There were a lot of key moments, but they just went my way."
"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."
"I definitely think I played some great tennis up there," Wozniacki said. "And I'm pleased about the way I've been playing at this tournament."
"Part of the pressure Caroline puts you under is making you have to hit the ball well and close to the lines - that's actually what I always try to do, but against her you have to do it even better," Stosur said. "I got myself into quite a hole early in the match. I managed to turn it around, and by the third it could have gone either way, but I think I was in too much of a hole to be allowed to get out.
Like Wozniacki, Stosur was able to put her week in perspective, too.
"Even though I lost, making a final is still a good achievement," she said. "It's disappointing not to walk away with a title this year, having done so the last couple of years, but I made it to two finals and had a lot of other good opportunities, so it's still a good year, and I'll use it to motivate myself in 2013."
Wozniacki has not qualified for the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul, but can return to the top 10 in the rankings if she wins the Tournament of the Champions, which starts Oct. 30 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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