Bastad - Former
world number one Caroline Wozniacki clinched a 42nd win of the season
on Saturday to set up a meeting with Czech Katerina Siniaková in the WTA
The top seed won through 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 against Belgian Elise Mertens
and next plays Siniaková who advanced past French third seed Caroline
Garcia 6-2, 7-5.
"It was a difficult match," said Wozniacki, bidding for her 26th
career title and first this season against 21-year-old Siniakova.
"She played very well, aggressively in the wind and the sun was very
low," said the Dane. "It's a positive that I put myself in the situation
where I'm in a fifth final. I'm definitely going to try and make this
The win gives Wozniacki a first final on outdoor clay since 2011 when she was world number one.
Siniakova, ranked 56th, ousted French Open quarter-finalist Garcia in a match interrupted three times because of the rain.
The Czech player made her first WTA final in Bastad a year ago, and has since won her first title this year in Shenzhen.
"It's amazing. The atmosphere is really good year, so I'm happy I
could come back. I wasn't sure if I would play here again, but I'm back
and in the final!"
Results from the WTA tournament in Bastad on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x1) bt Elise Mertens (BEL) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Katerina Siniakova (CZE x7) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA x3) 6-2, 7-5