Wozniacki, Vinci win opening matches in Sofia
Caroline Wozniacki and Roberta Vinci had easy straight-set
victories Tuesday in their first round-robin matches at the
season-ending Tournament of Champions.
The top-seeded Wozniacki defeated Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan 6-2,
6-2 in 60 minutes while it took Vinci five minutes longer to rout
Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 6-2.
Wozniacki converted all five of her break points and only lost
her serve once, in the second set.
”I always try to finish my matches in two sets and I am happy
that this time it worked,” said Wozniacki, who is coming off
titles in Seoul and Moscow. ”I will try to finish this season with
a hat trick.”
The fourth-seeded Vinci dominated throughout, breaking five
times. The two traded breaks to start the second set, but the
Italian then jumped out to a 4-1 lead to take control.
Wozniacki will play Vinci on Wednesday, with the winner likely
clinching a spot in Saturday’s semifinals. The first two in each
In the other group, Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova came from
behind to dispatch sixth-seeded Zheng Jie of China 2-6, 6-4, 7-6
(4). Pironkova took a 3-0 lead in the third set before being forced
into a tiebreaker.
The Tournament of Champions features the six highest-ranked
players who have won a title during the season but did not qualify
for the WTA Championships, along with two wild cards.
It is the final event on the WTA calendar.