Former world number one, Caroline Wozniacki, rolled back the years to clinch the WTA Finals title, after beating Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in an exciting and dramatic final.
After exchanging four breaks, Wozniacki won a competitive first set on the Williams serve, making just three unforced errors compared to her opponent’s 12. Both players looked great throughout, with Wozniacki’s backhand particularly impressing, as Williams struggled on the longer rallies.
In the second set, Wozniacki dominated early on, racing to a 5-0 lead as Williams continued to make errors on the forehand. However Wozinacki struggled to serve it out and Williams managed to break back twice to serve at 4-5. But Williams failed to claim a fifth straight game as Wozniacki took her second match point to clinch her 27th career title and first WTA Finals trophy.
In a week that showcased the very best of women’s tennis, the final was a fitting end to the showpiece tournament with both players playing terrific tennis in a final that lasted exactly 90 minutes.
The victory will propel the Dane to number three in the world after a fantastic and consistent season. Wozniacki impressed all week with fine victories over Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep and was in top form against Williams. It ends a fantastic comeback from injury, which saw the Dane slip outside the world’s top 70 in 2016, and puts her as one of the favourites for the Australian Open next year.
Venus Williams, who became the oldest player to reach the final in the end of year tournament, looked to mount one of the great comebacks in the second set but was unable to stretch her record against Wozniacki to 8-0. Despite losing the final, it has been a fine year for Williams who has made three of the five major finals this year and has cemented her place as one of the all-time greats.
It ends of week of fine tennis in Singapore, which showcased the very best in the women’s game. In a season that has seen an incredible five players claim the world number one slot, the women’s tour has shown just how competitive it is in an enjoyable tournament and year. And with the likes of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka expected to play a full calendar next year, it looks like the WTA can only get better in 2018.