Following an entertaining week of tennis, the Istanbul final has been set, as Caroline Wozniacki and Roberta Vinci will cross paths in what should be an entertaining battle. This marks the fourth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Vinci leading the series 2-1.
Although Kristina Mladenovic had a remarkable week in Istanbul, her momentum was finally halted in the semi-final round when she came up against former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane played a perfect baseline strategy and cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over her inexperienced opponent.
“The conditions were difficult out there today with the wind, so it made everything a little harder,” Wozniacki said. “I just tried to stay focused and play my best tennis and I’m glad it worked out.”
Woznicaki, who is titleless so far this season, has won at least a title every year since 2008 and will be looking to secure one on Sunday afternoon in her 35th WTA final.
“Tomorrow is going to be a good fight,” Wozniacki said.
Italy’s Roberta Vinci rebounded from a harsh start to her 2014 season with an impressive showing this week in Istanbul to reach the final. The second seed defeated Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh 6-4, 6-2 to secure her spot in the final against the top seed. Vinci was solid on serve, as she only dropped one break in the entire match and won 82% of her first service points.
“I am very pleased with my win today,” Vinci said after the match. “For sure experience helped, but I played smart and adapted to the conditions really well, because it was really windy out there. I enjoyed myself out there and I’m really pleased to be in the final here in Istanbul.”
This is the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the WTA tour and should be an exciting battle between the tournament’s top two seeds.Not only does Vinci lead the series 2-1, she holds a win over Wozniacki when the Dane was the world No. 1 back in 2011. It will be interesting to see if she can maintain that lead in the series on Sunday afternoon.
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki in Three Sets