By Erik Gudris / Sunday, October 20, 2013
Top seed Caroline Woznaicki used her experience to claim the Luxembourg title against Annika Beck, who was playing in her first ever WTA final.
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Top seed Caroline Wozniacki closed out her 2013 regular season with a smile as she won her first title of the year at the BGL BNP Paribas Open in Luxembourg.
Competing against Wozniacki was 19-year-old Annika Beck of Germany who was into her first WTA main draw final.
Beck, with big hitting on both wings, stayed level with Wozniacki in the early stages of the opening set. But it was Wozniacki who, despite dropping her serve twice in the early games, secured a pivotal break of serve herself to go up 4-2.
From there, Wozniacki marched ahead to take the set 6-2.
Wozniacki soon jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set. But Beck didn't want to leave the court early just yet. Beck broke back to get the set back on serve.
However, it was Beck's inability to hold serve that proved her undoing down the stretch. Dropping serve yet again, Beck allowed Wozniacki to get closer to the finish with a 4-2 lead. Beck's level began to drop as she started committing more unnecessary errors.
Serving to stay in the match at 2-5, Beck continued making unforced errors that soon set up triple match point for Wozniacki.
A final wayward backhand from Beck helped Wozniacki claim the 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Luxembourg is the first title of 2013 for Wozniacki and her 21st career title overall. Wozniacki will next travel to Istanbul where she will serve as an alternate for next week's WTA Championships.