WTA Charleston: Caroline Wozniacki and Madison Keys reach title match


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WTA Charleston: Caroline Wozniacki and Madison Keys reach title match

Facing each other for the sixth time, the 5th seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated Petra Martic 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 25 minutes for the sixth win over the Croat for the place in the 55th WTA final. It was another excellent performance for the Dane who dropped 15 points in ten service games, suffering one break and erasing that deficit quickly in the return games where she created seven chances and scored three breaks to march into the final.

Martic played one of her best matches against Belinda Bencic in the quarters although we didn't see much of that today, with Wozniacki who controlled the pace with deep and accurate groundstrokes (21 winners and 12 unforced errors) that disarmed her opponent and propelled her into the third Charleston final.

Caroline drew first blood in the sixth game of the match, converting the third break point with a forehand winner to open a 4-2 lead, closing the opener with an ace in game nine for a 6-3. Petra sprayed a backhand error in the third game of the second set and Wozniacki opened a 4-2 gap with a hold at love in the sixth game, allowing Martic to break back in the eighth game to extend the set and her chances.

Staying focused, Caroline broke again in the ninth game with a winner at the net and moved into the title match when Martic netted a backhand in the following game, seeking the second Charleston crown. The 8th seed Madison Keys joined Caroline in the final after a dominant 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Monica Puig in 67 minutes, scoring the third straight win over Monica and the first since Roland Garros 2016.

Puig stayed in touch until the tie break but there was only one player on the court once they returned, with Key racing towards the finish line with 26 winners and just 12 unforced errors, keeping the course of the match on her racquet and bringing it home with a controlled aggression that left Puig far behind.

Madison suffered just one break and earned 15 chances on the return, converting five to advance into the eighth WTA final, the first since 2017. Madison wasted a 4-1 lead in the opener before the rain came, returning stronger and securing the opener with a break in game ten, building the momentum and taking all six games in set number two, moving a win away from the trophy.