Caroline Wozniacki won her first match in her group of the Tournament of Champions in Sofia as she defeated Su-Wei Hsieh in two easy sets 6-2 6-2.
Wozniacki, who is looking to earn a hat-trick of titles this autumn following tournament wins in Seoul and Moscow, had an impressive first serve percentage of 76%, and was broken only once in the hour-long contest. The Dane also managed to convert all five of her break point opportunities.
The straightforward scoreline was in contrast to the pair’s most recent meeting in Beijing earlier this month, a three-set marathon that pushed both players to the limit. After Tuesday’s match in the night session at the Arena Armeec, Wozniacki admitted she was glad to have closed it out so comfortably: “I always try to finish my matches in two sets and I am happy that this time it worked.”
The win puts Wozniacki second in the Group Serdika, just behind Roberta Vinci, who lost only three games in her 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Daniela Hantuchova. The Italian, who is world number one in doubles, won an impressive 73% of first service points. Hantuchova failed to get her power game clicking, and her lack of consistency proved her undoing against the solid Vinci.
In the sole Group Sredets match of the day, home favourite Tsvetana Pironkova produced s superb comeback to beat sixth seed Zheng Jie. The Bulgarian, a wildcard entrant into the event, came from behind to win 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 in 2 hours, 41 minutes, thrilling the local fans. The world number 44, an excellent grass court player who has done little of note on other surfaces, now has a good chance of making the semi-finals in Sofia.
Pironkova will endure an even tougher test on Wednesday, however, as she takes on third seed Maria Kirilenko. In other action, second seed Nadia Petrova will face Zheng, with Wozniacki verses Vinci rounding out the day’s play.