Caroline Wozniacki completed an impressive week on the WTA tour on Sunday afternoon when she lifted her first title of the season at the Malaysian Open.
The tournament’s top seed faced adversity for the first time during her week-long stay in Kuala Lumpur when she was required to rally back from a set down to defeat the valiant Alexandra Dulgheru in the final. After a difficult opening set that she lost, the Dane bounced back to snatch the second set, and then stormed to the finish line after breezing to a 5-0 lead in the third set. The final score was 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
“I think she played well the whole match,” Wozniacki said (via WTA). “She tried to play aggressive and take the ball early. But I knew she had a tough match yesterday, so I just kept playing my game and kept trying to put pressure on her. I think I stepped it up in the second and third sets, and it paid off.”
This was Wozniacki’s 23rd career WTA title.
With most of the world’s top competitors focused on the Indian Wells event next week, Wozniacki will be happy to carry this sort of momentum into the “fifth slam.”
“I think things have been going my way. Things are great,” Wozniacki said. “I’m excited for Indian Wells. It’s one of my favorite tournaments of the season, so hopefully I can play well there.”
In the doubles final, Liang Chen and Wang Yafan defeated third seeds Yuliya Beygelzimer and Olga Savchuk 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 to lift the title.