Following a pair of impressive match-ups, the White Group at the WTA Finals received a surprising twist of fate when both Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska produced upsets over Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova respectively.
The opening match of the second day of action featured a thrilling marathon match between Wozniacki and Sharapova, who picked up from where they left off at the US Open just a couple of months earlier. The two produced some enthralling tennis during the encounter, yet it was ultimately Wozniacki who rallied back to defeat her durable opponent 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-2.
“I’m feeling a little tired! But it was a great match and great to make a winning start,” Wozniacki said. “It’s always tough to play your first match and get into rhythm on a new court. I’m just so happy to win and the crowd was unbelievable out there.”
Wozniacki is taking part in her first year-end championships since 2011, and admits that this was one of her goals from the start of the season.
“Everyone wants to be here. At the start of the year it’s our goal,” she added. “In the middle of the year it didn’t look like I had a chance but I had an amazing summer, reached the US Open and now I’m back. It feels great!”
The second contest of the day saw Polish No. 1 Agnieszka Radwanska oust reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets with relative ease. The sixth seed won 69% of her service points and converted 4 break point opportunities to close out the victory in 1 hour and 29 minutes.