Three-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki will play qualifier Petra Cetkovska in the final of the New Haven Open.
The top-seeded Wozniacki was a break down for the most part of the first set of the semifinal against Francesca Schiavone, and it was the third-seeded Schiavone who had 24 winners to 18 errors, compared to Wozniacki’s 3 winners and 10 errors. Still, the Dane won at rigth moments and in the tiebreak took the first set. Through the second set she went more comfortably and advanced to the final with a 7-6(2) 6-3 win.
Cetkovska battled to a thrilling 6-2 5-7 7-6(9) victory over second seed Li Na to reach her first WTA final, and nothing less than at a Premier-level tournament. At 5-4 in the third set Cetkovska served for the match, gave Li three break opportunities at 0-40, then saved all the three, but double-faulted on match point. In the tiebreak Li saved two match points before losing one of her own at 8-7. Cetkovska closed out on her fifth match point.
Cetkovska’s run to the final includes victories over fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and fourth seed Marion Bartoli. The Czech is currently enjoying her career-high ranking of No.40 and it is only going to improve. This season at Wimbledon she reached the fourth round, and it is her best tennis memory.
Wozniacki and Cetkovska will play each other for the first time. Wozniacki is looking for her 17th straight win at the New Haven Open, and Cetkovska for her biggest career achievement. (via Women Who Serve, WTA Tour, photos: © Neal Trousdale)