The Queen of New Haven Defends Her Crown
Despite a brief rain delay and continuing threatening weather, World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won her
fourth straight championship at the New Haven Open at Yale presented by First Niagara.
She defeated Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 6-1.
The match started on time, but at 1-1 with Wozniacki serving, the rain started to fall. After an hour
and half delay, the players returned to court and Cetkovska quickly broke serve twice to go up 3-2 on
Wozniacki. The rest of the match, however, was all Caroline. The Dane won 10 of the next 12 games to
successfully defend her title for the third year in a row.
"I’m really pleased to be in this situation," said Wozniacki. "Win four straight times in a row, it’s really
unbelievable. I still can’t really believe I’ve been here four times already. Feel like the time is flying by."
Despite coming up short in the final, Cetkovska won seven straight matches this week and will reach a
career-high ranking in the mid-30s when they come out on Monday.
"I’m really happy to be here," she said. "To go so long, so far in the tournament. Now when we are in
the final, we want always to go farther. So, obviously I wanted to try to win, to do better. But today it
was just a little bit too much."
Both are driving down to New York to compete in the US Open, which starts on Monday. Wozniacki is
the No. 1 seed and will face Nuria Llagostera Vives in the first round. Cetkovska will play Evgeniya Rodina
to set up a potential clash with former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.
In doubles play, Chia-Jung Chuang and Olga Govortsova won 7-5, 6-2 over Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Govortsova, who celebrated her birthday during the tournament, was elated.
"A really nice present," said Govortsova, smiling.
The conclusion of the US Open National Playoffs Championships also took place Saturday at the
Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center (indoors) at Yale University. Christina Fusano and David Martin earned
wild card into the US Open Mixed Doubles main draw with a hard-fought 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 win over Yasmin
Schnack and Eric Roberson.