Danish former world number one Caroline Wozniacki battled past American Vania King 7-5, 6-2 to reach the third round at the Miami Open. Wozniacki fought off the tricky game of King, who is returning from a lingering back problem in 2015, to move on in the Sunshine State.
Wozniacki Battles Through Tricky Opening Set
Wozniacki and King began the match each holding serve three times to bring the set to 3-3. In the seventh game of the match, the Dane played a horrific service game to gift the first break to King, putting the American up 4-3. In the ensuing game, the former world number one lifted her game to break the American on her first break chance to level the set at 4-4. The former world number one then fended off two break chances in her next service game to hold for 5-4, putting the pressure on the world number 183 to serve to stay in the set. King held her nerve, taking the game fairly routinely to level the set at 5-5. The 2012 semifinalist then held emphatically at love to take the lead at 6-5, forcing King to serve to stay in the set again. Wozniacki then played a brilliant return game to break King on her first chance and take the set 7-5, putting the Dane in good stead to make the third round at Crandon Park.
Wozniacki Cruises Through Easy Second Set
The former world number one began the second set holding to love, sending a statement to King that she would not be letting up. Wozniacki then broke King to go up 2-0, after the American fended off two break points before Wozniacki converted the third. The 2012 semifinalist then held to love again, before breaking King for a third straight time to go up 4-0. The world number 25 then held again, putting herself up 5-0, making the bagel a real possibility. Facing an unusually one-sided second set scoreline, King put up a miniature resurgence, holding to put herself on the scoreline before breaking the Dane when serving for the match. Wozniacki stepped up her game to put King away, breaking the American on her fourth match point to take it 7-5, 6-2.
Wozniacki Behind The Numbers
Wozniacki served well at times, making 68% of first serves and winning an impressive 77% of first service points, showing a consciencous effort to be aggressive. The Dane struggled on second serves though, winning only 35% of second serve points, and also hitting only two aces to six double faults. The former world number one saved break points very well, fighting off 60% of break point chances. Overall, Wozniacki's aggressive first serving performance served as the difference in this match to move on to the third round in South Florida.
Up Next For Wozniacki
Up next for the Dane is Ukranian 12th seed Elina Svitolina. Though Wozniacki and Svitolina have never played, the two both play a very similar, counter punching game, relying on their consistency and movement to win matches. The world number 16 cruised past the player Wozniacki lost to last week in Indian Wells, Zhang Shuai, 6-3 6-0 to set up the meeting with Wozniacki.