By Chris Oddo |Saturday October 15, 2016
Caroline Wozniacki booked her spot in the Hong Kong final by taking down Jelena Jankovic in straight sets.
Photo: Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open
Caroline Wozniacki won for the 18th time in her last 21 matches on Saturday in Hong Kong. The suddenly resurgent Dane defeated defending champion Jelena Jankovic at the Prudendial Hong Kong Tennis Open, 6-3, 6-4.
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Wozniacki broke six times on 11 chances to improve to 6-5 lifetime against Jankovic in their first meeting in over two years. The former World No.1, who was ranked 74 in the world at this year’s U.S. Open, is happy to have found her game down the stretch.
"I think I can be very proud of myself and the way I managed to fight back," she said, according to WTATennis.com. "Before the US Open, I was almost 80 in the rankings, now I'm back near the Top 20. It's a big step.”
Wozniacki will square off with France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the final. The 23-year-old downed No.8-seeded Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-3 to reach her third career final and second of the season.
Mladenovic will be playing this year’s WTA Finals on the doubles side, but she hasn’t achieved as much success in singles this year. She improves to 30-29 on the season with the win.
Mladenovic will be bidding for her first career title; Wozniacki will be bidding for her 25th.
Wozniacki owns a 2-0 lifetime edge over Mladenovic but they have not met since 2014.