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Resurgent Wozniacki Wins Tokyo Title

Former world number one, Caroline Wozniacki picked up her first title in 18 months after a 7-5 6-3 victory over Japanese teenager, Naomi Osaka in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

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Wozniacki had not won a WTA title since her Malaysian Open success in March 2015, but she terminated that lengthy drought with a characteristic gritty performance against the big-hitting Osaka.

After edging a tight first set, Wozniacki appeared to be coasting to victory when she opened up a 5-0 lead in the second, but Osaka mounted a late fight back to pull within two games of the Dane and set up a tense finale.

The vastly experienced Wozniacki would however not be denied, serving out the match to capture the 24th title of a fine career.

The talented Osaka was contesting her first WTA final, and on the evidence of a fine week in front of her home crowd, and a promising performance at the US Open, there should be many more finals, and titles for this 18-year-old.

But the day belonged to Wozniacki, who is quickly rediscovering her best form after a turbulent year.

She was ranked out of the top 70 just before the US Open, but if her strong showing at Flushing Meadows provided the first real signs of a resurgence, victory in Tokyo confirmed that the former number one is firmly on track to reclaim her place among the sport’s elite.

 

 

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