Caroline Wozniacki defeats Anastasija Sevastova to win 2nd China Open title

Ross Houston
October 10, 2018

On the way to the final, Wozniacki did not lose a single set - the second racket of the world consistently passed Belinda Bencic, Petra Martic, Anette Kontaveit, Katerina Sinyakova and Wang Qiang.

A break midway through the opening stanza was enough for Wozniacki to take a set lead.

Sevastova, who is looking for her second title of the season, has never beaten Wozniacki in four previous meetings.

Caroline Wozniacki became the fourth active player with at least 30 titles on the WTA tour. Wozniacki is 1000 points away from the World Number one ranking and to dethrone Simona Halep. Sevastova, despite the defeat, is projected to move to a career-best No.12 and is guaranteed $1.525m in prize money: entering Beijing she had earned $1.75m across 2018.

The unseeded Sevastova downed U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka in the semifinal, but couldn't handle the second-seeded Dane's punishing groundstrokes.

Sunday's win was her second at the event in 10 years and it now takes her to 30 career titles on the WTA circuit.

"I was in a really good shape coming up to this tournament", Basilashvili said.

The Australian Open champion won 6-3 6-3 in 87 minutes in Beijing to claim her first title since Eastbourne in June. Sevastova put up some brilliant shot and failed to convert her first two break point chances as Wozniacki completed a big hold to 1-1.

Sevastova did her best to slow the charge, breaking back once and then forcing another three break points in the eighth game before succumbing.

"I wasn't able to play with that fire that I have in all my matches", Del Potro added, saying however that 34th-ranked Basilashvili "played unbelievable".

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