Caroline Wozniacki claimed the biggest title of her career after the Dane staved off a ferocious Venus Williams fightback to take a 6-4 6-4 triumph in the WTA Finals title showdown at a captivated Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
Wozniacki finished the WTA Finals with a 4-1 record, with her only loss coming to Caroline Garcia in the last round of group play. While she may have been the underdog in their career head-to-head, the Danish tennis star has been fantastic on the 2017 WTA Tour.
The crowd wanted more but Wozniacki was not prepared to comply with their demands, breaking again to seal victory on her second match point with a backhand victor down the line and tossing her racket in the air as she celebrated a stunning win.
Williams, who was hoping to win a 50th career title on Sunday, is the only player at this year's WTA Finals who didn't win a title during the season.
"Yeah, you know, she played really well the whole match".
The first three games were dominated by the server until the Dane began to find the corners of the court with her powerful backhand, fashioning the first break of the match with back-to-back winners off both flanks.
"Venus Williams is a great champion and she made it very, very hard for me". She lost her opener, adjusted and taught young Jelena Ostapenko a bit of a lesson in patience and tenacity, and she really did not have to do too much to gain a small element of revenge over a flat Garbiñe Muguruza for the Wimbledon final. I felt I had to try and stay aggressive.
I knew that she was never going to give up, and I knew she was going to come back fighting strong.
"She started mixing up the serve a little bit more". Of course every week I went back on court, working.
"For me, it was just important to try and keep my head down and just focus on myself and what I needed to do and try and forget who is on the other side of the net".
Meanwhile, in an earlier match yesterday, Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova beat the pair of Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 to win the doubles title.