Wozniacki crashes in semis
Caroline Wozniacki (File)
Dubai - Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, falling to Julia Goerges 7-6 (3), 7-5 Friday.
The former top-ranked Dane led 4-2 in the second set before Goerges regained control to close out the match in just over two hours.
Goerges will face Agnieszka Radwanska in the final Saturday after the Polish player Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 in the first semifinal.
The fifth-seeded Radwanska jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set before winning it in 33 minutes. The 22-year-old Polish player faltered in the second when her Serbian opponent broke twice, but then regrouped and wrapped up the win without losing another game.
Radwanska said she regained her confidence by breaking early in the third set, causing the eighth-seeded Jankovic to lose focus.
"Actually she just start to play much better in the second set. I was really in trouble," Radwanska said. "But in the third set, I was just trying to be focused on my game and just fight until the end.
"I think also the second game of this third set was the key in this match. Because I think I really get more confident after that and I think she get a bit angry."