“I had a blast. It’s so good to play with her. It’s a dream come true,” said 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams about playing doubles with her fellow WTA star Caroline Wozniacki. “This is probably the most fun i’ve had!
I wish we had done it sooner,” echoed the Dane after she and Williams secured their first round win at the ASB Classic. Wozniacki and Williams have faced each other in 11 professional matches in the singles category, but had never teamed to storm a doubles draw before.
Now that the 29-year-old Danish is set to conclude her 14-year-long career after the Australian Open, the two close friends have decided to take their chance as a pair—and are doing fairly good so far. The two former WTA singles ranking queens overpowered the Japanese duo Nao Hibino/Makoto Ninomiya with a score of 6-2 6-4 to open their run in Auckland.
They successively triumphed 6-2, 6-1 over the tournament’s first seeded team, composed of Johanna Larson and Caroline Dolehide, to step into the semifinals. Set to face Kirsten Flipkens and Alison Van Uytvanck for a pass to the final, Williams and Wozniacki are also cruising in the singles draw.
The American has reached the quarterfinals after beating Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-2, bypassing an unplayed second round against Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, and battlingpast fellow American Christina McHale, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The Dane got past Australia’s Paige Hourigan, 6-1, 6-0, and American Lauren Davis, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, to settle into the round of 32.