Former world No. 1 Venus Williams earned her 46th WTA title on Saturday afternoon when she lifted the ASB Classic title following a dramatic three-set final against Caroline Wozniacki.
It was Williams’ sixth consecutive win against Wozniacki, and after dropping the first set 6-2, she rallied back to win the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“The first set went fast,” Williams said after the match. “After that I was like, ‘All right, time to take it to three.’ But of course with her playing that well, I had to find a way just to get it to three.
“In the first set she was serving so well. She had an amazing first serve percentage, all those amazing passing shots, even her mis-hits were too good. But I just tried to stay level-headed in the second set and focus on holding, and cut down on my unforced errors too, and it worked for me today.”
Wozniacki, who later admit that she had a picture of Venus on her phone when she was a 12-year-old little Danish girl, was gracious in defeat.
“Venus played really well. She’s had a great week,” Wozniacki said. “I served really well at the start, and I was putting a lot of pressure on her, but she played better and better as the match went on.”
In the doubles final, one of the greatest doubles duos in the history of the WTA, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, defeated fourth seeds Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voracova. It marked their 22nd doubles title together.