Anything you can do once, you can do twice! At least that goes for Caroline Wozniacki who, on Sunday, won the Pan Pacific Open against the young Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3. The first set was fairly even with Naomi staying one game ahead and Caroline matching until the eventual pull-ahead by Carolina to 7. The second set was a different story with Wozniacki in full predator mode going up 4 – 0 until Osaka makes it on the board. Then, with a far left forehead shot out, Caroline Wozniacki is declared the victor. It was a good, well paced match for Caroline and a tough fight for Naomi who is just 18 years old by the way. Naomi seems to need a bit more work on the down the line groundstrokes and to keep up her strength throughout the match. It appeared in that second set the wind was a bit out of her, not even attempting to make it against some of Wozniacki’s cross court shots. Still, a very promising future for the young girl and a big congratulations to Caroline!
The St. Petersburg Open final was a bit of a surprise for most of us to say the least. On the one hand we had Stan Wawrinka, just won the US Open, 11 victories in a row, and on the warpath it seemed. And on the other hand we had Alexander Zverev, youngest player in the top 50, and looking for his first title. The first set was very much dominated by Zverev. Often you could see during the points, Stan would be the one moving quite and bit while Alex did the placing. Stan was full of mistakes especially on his forehand down the line shot which Zverev took full advantage of, pressuring him in the corner until he made the mistake. This was a match where you, the viewer at home, were saying “I would challenge that” almost on every point like this that Stan was hitting and missing. I know I certainly was watching. After Stan came back in the second set, the third was ultimately decided on Alexanders’s agility and a few good volleys at net. Alexander Zverev would come to win the match 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 and gain his first ATP World Tour title. I think it is safe to say we can expect MANY great things from this young professional athlete in the years to come.