LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Caroline Wozniacki reached her first final of the season on Saturday after defeating Petra Martic in straight sets in the semi-finals of the Charleston Open.
The Danish fifth seed used a solid serve to overpower her Croatian opponent en route to a 6-3, 6-4 win in the WTA claycourt tournament.
It marked the third time Wozniacki has made the final of the Charleston event, which she won eight years ago in 2011.
‘‘I think I served well in most of the match and I think I returned really well most of the match as well, and I just tried to stay aggressive as much as I could and tried to make her run and make her move,’’ Wozniacki said. ‘‘I think I did well today.’’
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.
Wozniacki will face eighth seed Madison Keys of the United States in Sunday’s final.
Keys was a similarly convincing winner in her semi with Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, winning 6-4, 6-0.