When talking to Caroline Wozniacki, it’s important not to use the word marathon loosely—because she’s run one.
The showdown between the Dane and the world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova played out like any good novel; plenty of twists and turns. The two hours and 56 minutes could be called a “marathon” match, but it became much longer after multiple rain delays interrupted the first set.
“You can’t really compare it,” Wozniacki said of both her athletic feats. “It was definitely a little easier. Both are fun, both are different. Obviously, this is my job and this is what I do and, you know, I kind of know what to expect. A marathon you have no idea what to expect and it was really, really, really hard and, at the same time, was a great experience. So a bit of both.”
Pliskova has “Ace Queen” on her Instagram, but her most reliable stat went in favor of Wozniacki eight to five. With the tables flipped, the 2010 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank champion capitalized on a solid day of service, including winning 73% of first serve points.
“Yeah, just something I’ve really been working on,” Wozniacki said of her serve. “And it was really working for me today and it was important in the match today. So I was very happy and pleased with that.”
The win for Wozniacki was far from easy. Trailing 1-5, the first set looked all but sealed up for Pliskova. Wozniacki had other plans. She ripped off six straight games and it took its toll mentally on the world No. 1.
“I think the biggest mistake was in the first set,” Pliskova said. “So because of that, I think I lost. So it was tough. We played almost three hours.”
The Czech cut her way back into the match, muscling through a tiebreak in the second. Wozniacki saved 70% of break points faced during the match. Wozniacki’s proven her season is full of solid runs as she’s already made five finals this year.
The former world No. 1 is gaining confidence and managed to put the match away 6-4 in the final set.