Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Auckland Classic: Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges book finals berth in contrasting fashion

Auckland Classic: Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges book finals berth in contrasting fashion

Second seed Julia Goerges will play Polona Hercog on centre court to start proceedings, while at the same time third seed Barbara Strycova will take on Su-Wei Hsieh on the grandstand court.

The Dane ended previous year by winning the WTA Tour Finals and another piece of silverware is on offer when she meets Julia Goerges on Sunday.

The women's singles schedule is already heavily backlogged due to the recent downpour, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals both to be played on Saturday.

Caroline Wozniacki was on the court for five hours on the way to the final.

The Danish world number three ended 2017 with the biggest title of her career in Singapore and returned a day after thrashing Madison Brengle in her season opener to hit 21 winners against eight unforced errors in the 53-minute win over Martic.

She raced out to an early 5-1 first-set lead before holding off a spirited Vickery resistance to win 6-4, and then broke late in the second set to secure the match.

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"I'm exhausted", the 27-year-old Wozniacki said after spending a total of almost five hours on court. "I still made some unforced errors".

"I've worked on everything I need to work on in the off-season", Wozniacki said.

The World No 14 from Germany said it had been mentally tough to play two matches in a day but she was in good physical condition.

"Now it's just a matter of working out how to incorporate that into your match or into a situation where you maybe get nervous". She quickly recovered after dropping serve to open the second set, breaking back in the fourth and sixth games.

In the late match, Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Taylor Townsend of the U.S. 6-3, 7-5.

First up was American wild card Sofia Kenin, where she had to come from behind to win 4-6 6-2 6-4 before seeing off another American Sachia Vickery 6-4 6-4 in the last four.

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