Former number one Caroline Wozniacki was happy to get past Yulia Putintseva in a pretty effortless manner – 6/4, 6/2 -, and proceed to the second round of the Rogers Cup, a tournament where she managed to play finals two years ago.
The Danish did not start the match very well as she lost her first serve and couldn’t come back in the match until Putintseva had pulled a 4-2 lead in the opening set. However, Caroline was able to read her opponent’s game and to change accordingly: “I think I just started getting a hold of her serves better...and then I felt like I was in control of the point once we got into the rally, and I felt like I would win more points from the baseline.
That was kind of what turned it around, I feel like. I'm just happy with the win today and that I'm through to the next round." Wozniacki’s 2017 Toronto campaign, where she drilled her way until the final stage of the tournament – she lost to Svitolina in straight sets -, gives the former number one a good amount of confidence as she gets ready for a slow and steady run: “The last time I was here [in Toronto] it was really my first time I ever won a match here.
So, baby steps, and I made it all the way to the finals, which was a great result." Caroline’s last results weren’t impressive, so she doesn’t seem to have great expectations. At the moment, she enjoys her victory: “I'm just happy to be here and win another match here and get a good start, and we'll see how far it goes."