Caroline Wozniacki won the China Open this weekend, claiming her third title of 2018 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Anastasija Sevastova in Sunday’s final.
“I didn’t feel great going into the tournament, to be honest,” said Wozniacki. “I think after the second match I started feeling like I was hitting the ball well and I could see the ball really well. By the third match, I thought I played really great tennis. Then I started believing that, you know, I’m really hitting my form, playing myself into shape.”
Match by match, Wozniacki’s level rose throughout the tournament and culminated in the straight-set victory in the championship. She raced out to a 6-3, 4-1 lead on Sunday, and despite a brief hiccup, closed Sevastova out in one hour and 27 minutes.
It is the second time Wozniacki has hoisted the China Open trophy, having also done so back in 2010.
“Last time was different. I was 20-years-old,” said Wozniacki. “I became No. 1 in the world here for the first time. They didn’t have this stadium yet. It was the other stadium that I played on. A lot has happened since then. I think I just really appreciate still being here, playing well, being able to win these titles. It really means a lot to me.”
On the men’s side, Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili stunned Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4 to win the title. He saved seven break points against the Argentine, and won 10 consecutive sets in Beijing after he lost the first set of his opener to Jack Sock.
“I was in a really good shape coming up to this tournament,” said Basilashvili. “I’m really feeling well on court. Playing against Juan, he was sick today for sure, I could see that. But he put me in really tough situations. I needed to really work it, to work hard to win the points. I really enjoyed this match. To win a title here in Beijing means a lot, it’s one of the best tournaments."