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Wozniacki v Venus in Auckland

2015-01-09 11:13
Caroline Wozniacki (AFP)

Auckland - Top seed Caroline Wozniacki fought back from a set down on Friday to scrape through to the finals of the Auckland Classic and a showdown with third seed Venus Williams.

Wozniacki lost the first set and the first serve of the second before recovering to beat Czech fourth seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours 35 minutes.

Williams had a much easier path to the final, taking 67 minutes to beat unseeded fellow American Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-3.

Zahlavova Strycova took an early break against Wozniacki and defended 15 game points before finally yielding a service game at 2-2 in the second set.

The dogged Wozniacki broke again midway through the set and again at 2-2 in the third when the 28-year-old Zahlavova Strycova sent a backhand volley out of court.

With the end in sight, world number eight Wozniacki looked more comfortable dealing with Zahlavova Strycova's deft mix of short and long strokes.

The Czech held two break points when Wozniacki was serving for the match at 5-4, but could not convert either of them.

Williams, who has not lost a set all week, raced through the first set against Davis despite a spate of misfired on her serve.

In the second set, Davis broke early but did not have enough smarts to keep out Williams, who came from 2-3 down to win the next four games and take the final set and match 6-4.

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