Wozniacki downs Osaka to win Pan Pacific Open

Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:07am EDT
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki continued her revival by brushing aside Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5 6-3 on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open for the second time and secure her first title of the year.

Hampered by injuries, the 26-year-old Dane slumped to number 74 in the world at the end of August and looked like going through a season without a title for the first time since 2007, sparking rumors retirement might be on the horizon.

She again looked in trouble after losing her serve for the second time in the opening set on Sunday but proved almost unstoppable after receiving treatment on her upper thigh and wrapped up her 24th career title in 106 minutes.

"It's a final, both of us have had a great week, I just wanted to go out there and have fun and try and play well," Wozniacki said in a courtside interview after adding a second title to her 2010 triumph.

"I'm just enjoying it, you never know when injuries are going to happen and you are going to be taken away from the game, so I'm just enjoying every minute of it."

Wildcard Osaka, playing her first WTA tour final, simply crumbled as Wozniacki raced away with the second set and only mustered up any real resistance when she was 5-0 down.

It was some resistance, though, as the 18-year-old unleashed the thunderous serve and explosive groundstrokes that saw off two top 20 players on her run to the final this week.

Ultimately, though, Wozniacki's experience of playing the big moments -- she converted five of her six break points in the match compared to three of nine for Osaka -- proved decisive.

While Osaka, who will move into the top 50 on the back of her run at the Ariake Coliseum, was crestfallen, Wozniacki predicted great things for the teenager.   Continued...

Tennis - Pan Pacific Open Women's Singles Final match - Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan - 25/09/16. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns the ball against Naomi Osaka of Japan.   REUTERS/Issei Kato