Caroline Wozniacki had a roller coaster 2010 season. Fresh off of becoming the first Danish player to reach a Grand Slam final in 2009, Wozniacki was looking to improve in 2010. However, she suffered an ankle injury that hampered her performance for much of the clay season. The 20 year old rebounded with an incredible showing, including one of the biggest wins of her career at the Rogers Cup.
During championship weekend, torrential downpour hit Uniprix stadium causing key matches to be postponed for two days. After the rain delay, No. 2 seed Wozniacki faced off against No. 11 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinal defeating the Russian 6-2, 6-3. Just 90 minutes later, Wozniacki would compete in the final against No. 8 seed Vera Zvonareva who had also just defeated No. 10 seed Victoria Azarenka in the second semifinal.
Zvonareva was no easy opponent, the Russian had reached the 2010 Wimbledon final. However, Wozniacki controlled most of the match, she had a 5-3 lead in the first set when Zvonareva went up 0-40 in the game. Wozniacki showed championship composure as she served up an ace and scored four straight points to take the game and the set.
It was not all ‘sunshine and rainbows’ for Wozniacki, in fact there was perhaps too much sunshine as the sun’s glare appeared to agitate her vision during the second set. Once again, Wozniacki battled through and took the match to Zvonareva. She won the set 6-2, taking the match and winning her first Rogers Cup championship.
It was Wozniacki’s third title of the season after winning in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and her home tournament in Copenhagen. The win proved to be pivotal as she moved into 2nd place in the US Open standings. After the match she said: “It gives me a lot of confidence to win a tournament like this — it’s a huge tournament.”
Wozniacki continued her strong play and was one of only two players to reach at least a quarter-final berth in all four Grand Slam tournaments. Her efforts were rewarded as she was ranked the world’s No. 1 player, becoming the first Danish person to accomplish the feat.
Caroline Wozniacki has had a resurgent 2017, she has more wins than any other WTA player so far. Could her first title of the season come at the Rogers Cup this August?
Don’t miss the action as the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank kicks off on August 5th!