World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki managed to crown her red clay season just a day before the start of the French Open – in the final of the inaugural Premier-level Brussels Ladies Open the Dane defeated surprise finalist Peng Shuai even though the Chinese convincingly took the first set 6-2. Final score: 2-6 6-3 6-3.
Wozniacki improved in the second set against the eighth-seeded Peng, ranked 31st in the world, but a concerning thing happened in the third set when Wozniacki needed medical treatment on her left thigh.
As Wozniacki is one of the favorites for the French Open and bares quite a pressure to win her first Grand Slam title there, let’s just briefly have a look at her clay season:
- title win on the green clay of Charleston
- runner-up in Stuttgart
- third round in Madrid
- semifinals in Rome
- title in Brussels
Therefore, her win-loss record on clay courts this season is 17-3. Two of the losses were to Julia Goerges and one to Maria Sharapova. Also, in the Brussels Ladies Open semifinals she defeated reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in a thrilling encounter that lasted more than two hours and a half. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)