Caroline Wozniacki vs Kiki Bertens, Australian Open R3 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ (30) Kiki Bertens

Caroline Wozniacki survived an almighty scare in the second round to keep her hopes of capturing a maiden Grand Slam title alive in Melbourne. Wozniacki came from 1-5 15-40 down against Jana Fett in the deciding set, winning 6 consecutive games as her inexperienced opponent crumbled under pressure. Wozniacki will be back in action on Friday against Kiki Bertens where a spot in the 4th round is up for grabs. Wozniacki will be aiming for a far more straightforward victory on this occasion.

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Caroline Wozniacki can consider herself very lucky to still be in the tournament. The 2nd seed looked destined for an early exit with Jana Fett serving at 5-1 40-15 in the deciding set of their second round match. However, Fettโ€™s level quickly deteriorated with the finish line within touching distance. Wozniacki was experienced enough to make the most of the situation as she fought her way to a 3-6 6-2 7-5 win over Fett. The concern for Wozniacki was that Fett was all over her and really should have won that match, not a great sign for Wozniacki. It will be interesting to see if Wozniacki can make the most of her second chance in the tournament.

Kiki Bertens arrived in Melbourne in poor form but has done well to reach the 3rd round at Melbourne Park for the first time in her career. Bertens started the week with a very impressive win over Catherine Bellis, a 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over a very tough opponent. In the second round, Bertens beat Nicole Gibbs 7-6 6-0, another good win over a solid opponent. Bertens will need to raise her level even further if she is to get past Wozniacki in the next round.

Wozniacki has won both of the previous matches between the pair. The only recent match between the pair was last year in Doha where Wozniacki won 6-3 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Mihaela Buzarnescu, Australian Open R1 Preview

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(2) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Mihaela Buzarnescu

Caroline Wozniacki begins her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park with an opening round clash against in-form Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu. Wozniacki seemingly enters 2018 in the best shape of her career, the Dane has made many improvements to her game and arguably has her best chance to win a Grand Slam in 2018. Mihaela Buzarnescu will be competing in her first main draw match in Melbourne fresh off reaching her first WTA final in Hobart a few days ago. Can the in-form Buzarnescu cause the first big upset of the tournament?

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Caroline Wozniacki reached the final at the ASB Classic in her first event in 2018. Wozniacki played good tennis throughout the week but was no match for red-hot Julia Goerges in the final where she was beaten in straight sets. The loss to Goerges exposed Wozniackiโ€™s greatest weakness, an inability to deal with a red-hot powerful opponent. Wozniacki will hope she dos not run into a similar threat at Melbourne Park or she could be in trouble.

Mihaela Buzarnescu is in the form of her career. At the age of 29, Buzarnescu is into the top 50 for the first time after reaching her first WTA tour level final in Hobart last week. Buzarnescu reached the final in Hobart without dropping a set, claiming notable wins over Alize Cornet, Alison Riske and Lesia Tsurenko. Buzarnescu pushed Mertens all the way to a third set in the final but just fell short in what was a fairly high quality, rain interrupted final. Buzarnescu will have just one day in Melbourne before the first Grand Slam of the year begins on Monday.

The only previous match between the pair took place at the U.S Open last year. Wozniacki claimed a 6-1 7-5 victory in what was Buzarnescuโ€™s first ever main draw match at a Grand Slam event.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Julia Goerges, Auckland Final Preview

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(1) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki vs (2) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Julia Goerges

Two former finalists will go head-to-head in Sundayโ€™s final at the ASB Classic in Auckland. It will be the ultimate final between the two top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki and Julia Goerges. Wozniacki and Goerges have been regulars in Auckland over the years, both will be desperate to finally lift the title and start the year on the ultimate high. Both enter this match in supreme form, Goerges is on a 13-match winning streak having ended 2017 with successive titles, whilst Wozniacki ended 2017 as the Singapore champion and has for the most part carried that form to Auckland.

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Caroline Wozniacki started her Auckland campaign in supreme form, claiming dominant straight set wins over Madison Brengle and Petra Martic. However, after a few day of rain delays, Wozniacki struggled in her quarter-final match, pushed all the way by world number 108, Sofia Kenin. Wozniacki ultimately defeated the American 4-6 6-2 6-4 before booking her spot in Sundayโ€™s final with a 6-4 6-4 win over Sachia Vickery. Wozniacki was forced to play two matches on Saturday after the multiple rain delays.

Julia Goerges also played two matches on Saturday to reach Sundayโ€™s final. Goerges raced through her two matches, beating Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4 and Su-Wei Hsieh 6-1 6-4. Goerges first match in Auckland has been her toughest of the week to date, a three set win over Monica Puig. Incredibly, Goerges is into her third consecutive final having won back-to-back titles in Moscow and Zhuhai to end 2017, an outstanding turn of events for a player that has been known for her wild inconsistency and unreliability.

These two have built up quite the rivalry over the years. It is Goerges who holds the slight edge in the head-to-head record, a 5-4 record. Wozniacki has often struggled in this match-up, when Goerges is on, her power has usually been too much for Wozniacki to handle. Goerges has won their two most recent matches, including a 1-6 6-3 6-4 win in Auckland last year.

Venus Williams vs Caroline Wozniacki, WTA Finals Singapore Final Preview

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Championship match: (5) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Venus Williams vs (6) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki

A blockbuster final is set for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore when Venus Williams comes up against Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday evening. This is a huge match for both ladies, both have continuously come up short at the later stages of major tournaments in 2017, both will be desperate to reverse that trend and end their season on the ultimate high.

The head-to-head record between these two really stands out heading into Sundayโ€™s final. Outstandingly, Venus holds a 7-0 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. The Dane has only ever won 1 set over the American. The pair have not gone head-to-head in over 2 and a half years. An improved Wozniacki, on a slow hard court will fancy her chances in this final despite her poor record against Venus.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Caroline Wozniacki, WTA Finals Singapore SF Preview

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Semi-Final #1: (3) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Pliskova vs (6) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki

The first semi-final of the 2017 WTA Finals Singapore will be a blockbuster encounter between Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki. Pliskova and Wozniacki have had a similar passage to the final four, both cruised through their opening matches in Singapore to confirm their spot in the semi-finals before being defeated in their final group matches.

Pliskova and Wozniacki are familiar foes, having played 8 times, all reasonably recently. It is Wozniacki who holds a 5-3 head-to-head record over Pliskova. However, Pliskova has won 3 of their 5 matches in 2017 and comfortably defeated the Dane in straight sets in their most recent clash in Cincinnati a few months ago.

This looms as an exciting contest between two players with very contrasting games. Who will emerge victorious and became the first finalist in Singapore?

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Dominant Dane: Wozniacki on Fire in Singapore

Caroline Wozniacki is looming as the player to beat in Singapore after cruising through her first couple of matches at the 2017 WTA Finals. Wozniacki has dropped a total of 4 games in a pair of comprehensive victories over Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Caroline Garcia, Singapore Red Group Preview

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RR: ๐Ÿ”ด Red Group: (6) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki vs (8) ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Caroline Garcia

Caroline Wozniacki and Caroline Garcia will kickstart the penultimate day of proceedings in the white group on Friday. Wozniacki has the been by far the most impressive performer over the first few days in Singapore and has already confirmed her spot in the semi-finals courtesy of winning her first two group matches. Garcia is in a dogfight for the second semi-final spot in the white group, a win here would go a long way to the Frenchwoman securing an unlikely semi-final spot in Singapore, however, she is still a chance to qualify even if she does not win, depending on the result of the other match in the white group.

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Simona Halep vs Caroline Wozniacki, Singapore Red Group Preview

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RR: ๐Ÿ”ด Red Group: (1) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona Halep vs (6) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki

Wednesdayโ€™s action from the red group begins with an exciting encounter between Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki. Halep and Wozniacki both kicked of their Singapore campaignโ€™s in impressive fashion on Monday with commanding straight set victories over previously troublesome opponents. The slow conditions in Singapore seemingly suit both Halep and Wozniacki very nicely, both have had previous success at the venue, this promises to be an extremely tight battle between two fairly evenly matched opponents. Wozniacki holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Halep and has won their last two matches, however the world number 1 has proven to be a troublesome opponent for anyone in these conditions and will fancy her chances against the Dane.

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Elina Svitolina vs Caroline Wozniacki, Singapore Red Group Preview

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RR: ๐Ÿ”ด Red Group: (4) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Elina Svitolina vs (6) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki will be in search of her first victory over Elina Svitolina when they pair go head-to-head in Mondayโ€™s second match from the red group. Svitolina holds a perfect 3-0 record over Wozniacki and has comfortably defeated the Dane in straight sets in their two previous matches in 2017. However, it was Wozniacki who generally showed the better form during the Asian swing, most notably her title run in Tokyo. Wozniacki will be extra determined heading into this match given her previous troubles against Svitolina, can the Dane finally have some success in this match-up on Monday in Singapore?

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Eugenie Bouchard, Hong Kong R1 Preview

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R1: (3) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Eugenie Bouchard

Caroline Wozniacki will begin her title defense at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open with a potentially tricky first round clash against Canadaโ€™s Eugenie Bouchard. Wozniackiโ€™s 55 match victories in 2017 is higher than any other player, whilst Eugenie Bouchard has had a very disappointing year, amassing an 11/18 win/loss record. Form points to a comprehensive Wozniacki victory, However it was Bouchard who won their only previous match and does have the weapons to damage the Dane in this match-up.

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