With six of seven top ten players departing early, Dane Caroline Wozniacki ranked ninth was the only seeded player to advance past the quarterfinals at Aegon International in Eastbourne. Today, the teenager defeated veteran Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 7-6, 7-5 to obtain her first WTA grass court title.
After a couple of strong service games, Razzano made two critical errors off the backhand to stare at triple break point. When a miss hit return provoked a forehand error from Razzano, Wozniacki took a 4-2 edge. Then, with a forehand up the line by Virginie going long, Caroline consolidated for 5-2. However, serving for the set at 5-3, Wozniacki committed some costly errors to go down double break point. Razzano converted with a forehand crosscourt winner. The set went to a tiebreaker. After Wozniacki led 6-1, Razzano fought back to get to 5-6. But, with a service return error, Wozniacki carried the set.
As a result of two forehand errors by Razzano, Wozniacki secured an early break in the second for 1-0. Afterward, Caroline closed out a 40-0 game with an ace for a 2-0 lead. Nevertheless, Razzano kept a positive attitude. With Wozniacki serving at 3-2, Razzano earned triple break point due to three unforced errors. When Caroline missed a forehand volley, the set became leveled at 3 all. But, with Razzano ahead 40-0, Wozniacki forced three consecutive backhands errors to reach deuce. Subsequently, Caroline caused Virginie to stroke a forehand long for break point. With Razzano unable to connect on a forehand pass, Wozniacki had lead again at 4-3. Yet, another loose game by the teenager allowed Razzano to capitalize on triple break point for 4 all. The next game, Razzano misfired on an easy forehand down the line to face double break point. But, by enticing a string of forehand errors from Wozniacki, Razzano pulled out the game and took a 5-4 advantage. After Wozniacki netted a forehand, Razzano arrived at set point. Still, the teenager did not panic. Wozniacki erased the set point when Razzano failed to connect on a backhand down the line pass. Subsequently, with a forehand crosscourt winner and an ace, Wozniacki squared the set at 5 all. Then, courtesy of a few Razzano forehand errors, Wozniacki had break point. The Dane cashed in when the Frenchwoman produced another backhand error. Despite a nervous service game, Wozniacki finally captured the championship after Razzano’s backhand dropshot failed to cross the net.
A former junior Wimbledon champion, Wozniacki has continually excelled this season. If the list of past winners at Eastbourne, Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin, Chris Evert, is any indication, Caroline may have a legitimate shot at the Wimbledon trophy this year.