Top seed Caroline Wozniacki won her 14th career title and her second Premier Mandatory by defeating Marion Bartoli in the final of the BNP Paribas Open, 6-1 2-6 6-3. Interestingly, the Dane, known for her defensive game, won the $4.5-million tournament without hitting a single ace.
The 15th-seeded Bartoli, finalist at Wimbledon four years ago, took the second set and approached Wozniacki from 1-4 to 3-4 in the third set, when the 20-year-old world No.1 regrouped and won the match.
Wozniacki, who finished runner-up to Jelena Jankovic last time at the BNP Paribas Open, is now 14-9 in WTA finals and this is her second title of the year, following Dubai. France’s Bartoli will, despite losing today, return to the Top 10 from her current ranking of No.17.
The winner’s check amounts to $700,000, while Bartoli received $350,000 as a runner-up.