Toronto - Elina
Svitolina crushed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to win the Toronto WTA
trophy on Sunday, capturing her fifth title of 2017 and her second final
of the season over the former world number one.
Svitolina, of the Ukraine, needed just 77 minutes to beat Wozniacki,
blasting four aces and winning the final eight games of the hardcourt
She kept the sixth seed at bay with precision groundstrokes
that had Wozniacki scurrying around the court to stay in the rallies.
has been amazing. The title's very special for me and I am very happy
that it could happen here," said the 22-year-old Ukrainian who earned
$502 000 for the victory.
Svitolina's road to the final included wins over four top ten players.
had a straight-sets demolition of 37-year-old Venus Williams and wins
over fourth seeded Garbine Muguruza and second seed Simona Halep.
She has now won all the finals she has played this season, comprising Toronto, Dubai, Istanbul, Taiwan and Rome.
became the first Ukrainian to reach the Top 10 in the WTA rankings by
capturing the Dubai title in February where she beat Wozniacki.
Svitolina, who has a career record of 9-2 in finals, hammered 15 winners and won 63 points compared to just 43 for Wozniacki.
Svitolina has been perfect in finals this year, Wozniacki has lost six
consecutive finals and seven straight dating back to last season.
"Hopefully I will get another chance to get the trophy," Wozniacki said.
got off to a decent start in the opening set but serving at 4-4 she
double faulted at 0-40 to give Svitolina a 5-4 lead.
to be the turning point as Svitolina held served to take the set then
cruised through the second set in just 31 minutes.
Svitolina, who dropped just one set en route to the title, will rise to No 4 in the world rankings on Monday.
After finishing 2016 at number 19 in the world, Wozniacki put together a string of victories and is back up to No 6.
Result on Sunday in the WTA hardcourt tournament in Toronto (x-denotes seeded player):
Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x6) 6-4, 6-0