Wozniacki wins Pilot Pen title

August 23, 2008 05:37 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Unseeded Caroline Wozniacki won her second title this month, beating top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Saturday in the final of the Pilot Pen, a US Open tuneup.

Caroline Wozniacki celebrates her win over Anna Chakvetadze in the Pilot Pen final
The 18-year-old Dane hadn’t even been in a WTA final before August. She won her first WTA Tour win in Stockholm, then reached the third round at the Olympics, where she lost to eventual gold-medalist Elena Dementieva.

“Stockholm was in Scandinavia, it was my first tournament and it was smaller than this,” she said. “Here, it’s the tournament before the U.S. Open, and it’s a really big tournament. You know, I have beaten some really great players on my way to win this tournament.”

Her run included wins over eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, third-seeded Marion Bartoli, and seventh-seeded Alize Cornet.

It didn’t look good for Wozniacki early in the final. She was broken three times in the first set, and was in trouble in the second after Chakvetadze broke her again in the first game. But Wozniacki broke back and won the set when Chakvetadze double-faulted on the final point.

Wozniacki dominated the third set, breaking Chakvetadze in the fourth and sixth games before serving out the match.

“I just didn’t have power, especially in the third set,” Chakvetadze said. “If you are not able to run and fight on the court, then you’re going to lose the match.”

The loss was the 21-year-old Russian’s first in a WTA final. She had been 7-0 during her short career, including a win earlier this season indoors at Paris. Despite her loss, Chakvetadze expected to move up in the rankings, to No. 9 from No. 11 next week.

“I’m actually pleased with my game,” she said. “Not today. But if I compare it to one month ago, it’s much better. So I look forward to play the U.S. Open, the most important tournament obviously is coming in two days. I hope I will stay fresh for each match.”

Wozniacki has moved up from No. 64 in January to No. 22, and is expected to break into the top 20 for the first time.

The teenager still has a year of high school left, and said until recently, she considered her biggest tennis achievement beating her older brother.

“I am having fun,” Wozniacki said. “I enjoy playing. I enjoy playing for a big crowd. You know, when you’re in the finals, you don’t have anything to lose. You can just win.”

Later Saturday, Marin Cilic was to play for his first ATP title against American Mardy Fish, who was making his second consecutive appearance in the Pilot Pen men’s final.

Fish, who lost to friend James Blake a year ago, was looking for his third singles title, and first since 2006.