Wozniacki, Goerges to meet in ASB Classic final

Wozniacki, Goerges to meet in ASB Classic final

Wozniacki, Goerges to meet in ASB Classic final

"There was pressure on me because I was the favourite and most people expected me to win, so I was proud of the way I handled that".

Last year, Serena Williams said she "abhorred" the conditions when bundled out in the second round on a particularly windy day and wanted to "get to somewhere better, some warm weather".

"For me, that's just
confidence, not only mentally but physically as well, and
battling and fighting hard", he said.

In a final delayed by this week's persistent Auckland rain, Goerges ran riot against the Classic top seed, slamming victor after winner.

Goerges didn't offer a breakpoint chance until the fourth game when she double-faulted for 30-40 but she immediately saved the point with an ace.

After the match, she said her achievement felt "amazing". "That makes me prouder and I'm just enjoying every moment". Goerges needed her booming serve to save breakpoints at 2-1 and 3-2 before Wozniacki finally broke through to level at 4-4, sending the set into a tie break which went to the German.

Wozniacki is set to rise to number two in the world in Monday's rankings and could yet regain top spot at the Australian Open this month.

"I felt a little exhausted going into the second match and then I played really well, started well, and I was like, this is going to be a good day at the office - and all of a sudden it's like, I'm starting to get a little more exhausted", Wozniacki said.

Second seed Goerges stepped up her Australian Open preparations with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory in the final of the WTA International tournament.

The 29-year-old's victory at the Classic is also her third consecutive WTA title, having won events in late 2017 in Moscow and Zhuhai.

The 2016 champion Alize Cornet was dispatched in the first round yesterday
by the Romanian Mihaela
Buzarnescu.

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