WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Top seed Caroline Wozniacki battled by means of two matches throughout the house of simply over 4 hours to set up a final in opposition to second seed Julia Goerges on the Auckland Classic on Saturday.
Heavy rain all through the week in New Zealand’s largest metropolis had precipitated havoc with the schedule, forcing organizers to play the quarter-finals and each semi-finals on Saturday and transfer the final to Sunday.
The Dane struggled in her earlier quarter-final in opposition to the 19-year-old American wildcard Sofia Kenin earlier than profitable the rain-affected match Four-6 6-2 6-Four simply earlier than 4pm (0300 GMT).
She returned to middle courtroom on the Auckland Tennis Centre at about 5.50pm and then comfortably accounted for American qualifier Sachia Vickery, who had earlier upset third seed Agnieskza Radwanksa, within the 6-Four 6-Four win.
“I‘m exhausted, if I‘m being honest,” Wozniacki informed the WTA web site after her semi-final.
”It’s a tricky begin to the season – you sort of really feel it after the primary match… within the again, and the legs, and then we didn’t play for a few days, and I mentioned, ‘Oh, it’s good.’
“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!”
Goerges, who misplaced to American Sloane Stephens within the 2016 Auckland final, was much more snug in each of her matches.
She beat Polona Hercog 6-Four 6-Four within the quarter-finals earlier than transferring into the final with a 6-1 6-Four win over Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.
Wozniacki, who misplaced the Auckland final to Venus Williams in 2015 and has been a event common lately, can transfer up to quantity two on the earth 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,” she mentioned.
“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.”
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly