The final of the Kremlin Cup tournament in Moscow on Sunday was everything the spectators had hoped for – the number 1 seed Sam Stosur against the number 3 Caroline Wozniacki. Stosur was going for her 4th career title, while Wozniacki was gunning for her 20th. This time it was the Dane who had more reasons to celebrate at the end of the match as she prevailed in three sets 6-2 4-6 7-5.
In the first set Wozniacki raced into a 3-0 lead, as Stosur really did not get her game going, except in the second point of the first game with Woznacki serving, which was a rally of 25 shots. Stosur got on the scoreboard at 1-3 and broke for 2-3, but the Dane did not lose another game and took the set 6-2, showing some of her best ever tennis, while Stosur only won one point behind all of her second serves.
The second set began with Stosur breaking the Dane’s serve and thereafter they each broke each other until Wozniacki held to love, to go 4-3 up, but Stosur levelled, broke and held to take the set 6-4.
The decider was a real humdinger, as Stosur went 2-0 up before the former world no.1 held to trail 1-2. Stosur again held for 3-1 but so did Wozniacki, for 2-3; and she then broke to level the scoreboard and then held for 4-3. Stosur also held for 4-4 and Wozniacki for 5-4 but the Aussie’s serve held strong for her to again level at 5-5. Wozniacki held to love to go 6-5 ahead and managed to break Stosur and take the set 7-5 on her second match point. This two and a quarter hour nail biter showcased these two popular players’ best shots and the excitement of world class tennis, with Wozniacki breaking seven times to Stosur’s six breaks during the match.