Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams line up for Auckland final
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki fought back from a set down Friday to scrape through to the finals of the Auckland Classic and a showdown with third seed Venus Williams.
Auckland: Top seed Caroline Wozniacki fought back from a set down Friday to scrape through to the finals of the Auckland Classic and a showdown with third seed Venus Williams.
Wozniacki lost the first set and the first serve of the second before recovering to beat Czech fourth seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 4-6,6-3, 6-4 in two hours 35 minutes.
Williams had a much easier path to the final, taking 67 minutes to beat unseeded fellow American Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-3.
Zahlavova Strycova took an early break against Wozniacki and defended 15 game points before finally yielding a service game at 2-2 in the second set.
The dogged Wozniacki broke again midway through the set and again at 2-2 in the third when the 28-year-old Zahlavova Strycova sent a backhand volley out of court.
With the end in sight, world number eight Wozniacki looked more comfortable dealing with Zahlavova Strycova`s deft mix of short and long strokes.
The Czech held two break points when Wozniacki was serving for the match at 5-4, but could not convert either of them.
Williams, who has not lost a set all week, raced through the first set against Davis despite a spate of misfired on her serve.
In the second set, Davis broke early but did not have enough smarts to keep out Williams, who came from 2-3 down to win the next four games and take the final set and match 6-4.