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ASB CLASSIC TENNIS
For a second straight year the
final of the ASB Classic will be a
marquee match-up worthy of the
grandest of stages.
After Caroline Wozniacki
earlier won through to the
decider, Venus Williams gave
fans the final everyone wanted
from the moment the pair’s
participation was confirmed.
The battle between the two
former world No 1s follows
last year’s memorable meeting
between Williams and Ana
Ivanovic, won by the Serb.
Williams will today have the
opportunity to go one better and,
judging by her form this week,
it is an opportunity that will not
be lost. The seven-time grand
slam champion easily dispatched
compatriot Lauren Davis in the
first encounter between the two
Americans, winning 6-0, 6-3 in
little more than an hour.
Davis, 13 years her opponent ’s
junior, said before the match it
would be a dream to play one
of the Williams sisters. But that
dream rapidly descended into
a nightmare worthy of Dante
when Williams produced the
power and panache that took her
to the top of the sport.
The first game of the match,
after a brief rain delay, provided
Davis an ominous harbinger
of what was to follow. The four
points flew by as Williams won
the game to love, sending Davis
to every corner of Stanley Street ’s
Davis had shown earlier in
the tournament her proclivity
for running down seemingly
lost causes but the force behind
some of Williams’s ground
strokes rendered moot the young
American’s speed. Williams
rarely let that early supremacy
slip, breaking Davis in her first
ser vice game and soon taking the
set 6-0 in just 26 minutes.
Williams had one foot firmly
in the final but Davis at least
displayed greater resolve in the
second set. She won a game, for
a start, a small victory greeted by
the fans with one of the biggest
cheers of the night.
Perhaps encouraged by the
applause, Davis even managed
to break Williams’s ser ve in the
third game of the set. But just
when the clash seemed set to
follow the formula of Davis’s
previous three matches this week
— all of which saw the 21-year-
old badly beaten in the first set
before recovering to win in three
— Williams broke back.
Just as soon as it appeared, any
signs of weakness in Williams were
gone. The third seed rediscovered
the command that had temporarily
deserted her, winning the eighth
game before holding ser ve to take
the match. — NZM E
Williams charges through
to organisers’ dream final
PICTURE: Getty Images
Venus Williams thanks the crowd after winning earlier in the
Caroline Wozniacki completed her first
marathon last November — and was almost
forced to run another in last night’s ASB
She eventually triumphed 4-6 6-3 6-4
over Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova in an epic
encounter, that at times looked like it might
Zahlavova-Strycova put up Stalingrad-like
resistance, saving an incredible 13 out of 13
break points in the first set alone. No matter
what the top seed tried the Czech seemed to
have an answer — and for long periods of
the match Wozniacki was doing laps of the
baseline, relying on her renowned fitness to
keep her in the game.
First and foremost Wozniacki is still a
defensive player. That forces her into long
rallies, but as was seen yesterday, she always
has plenty of energy in the tank.
“(The marathon experience) definitely gives
you a lot of confidence going into three set
matches,” Wozniacki said. “ I know that I can
just be out there for ever and ever and that ’s
a great feeling to have. I ran the marathon in
just under three and a half hours so I know
that everything under that I’m fine.”
Wozniacki’s retrieval skills and resilience
were impressive but will that be enough
today? She has a 22-15 record in finals across
her career, and has often been found out by
more aggressive players.
She will need to show more today. Last
night she was guilty of being tentative on the
big points, though Zahlavova-Strycova kept
her on the back foot.
“S he has amazing hands every time she
comes to the net,” Wozniacki said. “It’s
annoying — she gets everything back and
puts it in corners of the court where it is
impossible to get.”
For the first time in this tournament,
Wozniacki was seriously flustered yesterday.
Her coach was called court side 15 minutes
into the match, after the Dane found herself
an early break down.
The Czech player does not have any big
weapons but she possesses great variety and
uses it well. She often ventures to the net
on the big points, has a wonderful range of
ser ving options and can be unpredictable
coming up with an remarkable drop shot
from well behind the baseline at one point.
But most importantly, the 28-year-old has
a great ability to lift when it matters most.
She defended 13 break points during the first
set, including eight in the sixth game alone.
Wozniacki made some errors but most were
saved by pinpoint ser ving or clutch volleys.
The sixth game lasted for 12 deuces and it
was a key game mentally. Wozniacki kept
fighting but seemed to lose focus; she had
Zahlavova-Strycova at 0-40, 3-4 but again
could not convert and soon the set was gone.
The former world No 1 had to change tack.
It did not work immediately — she dropped
her first ser vice game of the second set —
but the Dane bounced back, finally ending
Zahlavova-Strycova’s resistance, breaking her
ser ve at the 15th attempt.
She gained another break midway through
that set — and to the relief of her large
entourage, the crowd and probably the
tournament organisers took the match to a
deciding set, the Dane bounding to her chair
with a spring in her step.
The third set was the most tense of the
match. Rallies got longer, margins got
slimmer, expressions of agony got more
pronounced. Wozniacki never looked
comfortable — even the final game, when she
was ser ving for the set at 5-4, seemed to take
an age, as Zahlavova Strycova would find an
answer again and again. But she prevailed.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
of Czech Republic at the ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland.
Aust in command
Skipper Steve Smith led the way with
another torrent of runs as Australia raced to
251 for six and a lead of 348 over India before
rain stopped play at the end of the fourth day
of the fourth test yesterday.
Looking to wrap up the four-match series
3-0, the hosts dismissed India for 475 shortly
before tea to take a 97-run first innings lead
and then embarked on a fierce assault on the
Indian bowlers in a bid to force a result.
It started poorly when
Ravichandran Ashwin (4-104) had David
Warner (four) caught in the slips after facing
five balls and Shane Watson played on for
Opener Chris Rogers, though, hit a 77-ball
56 before he was caught at midwicket off
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Smith was soon
back in his considerable stride.
The Australian captain raced to his half
century in 44 balls and had soon passed
Donald Bradman as his country’s highest
scorer in a series against India.
Shaun Marsh came and went for a single
run to give Ashwin his third victim before
Smith’s 93-minute innings came to an end
when Mohammed Shami trapped him
His 71 brought his series tally to 769 and a
group of fans in the member’s stand bowed
low to him as he walked back to the Sydney
Cricket Ground dressing room to ponder his
Joe Burns took up the mantle and hit three
sixes and eight fours in his 39-ball 66, while
Brad Haddin ably assisted with 31 not out.
“It was lots of fun,” Burns told reporters.
“ It ’s a fantastic opportunity to come out
tomorrow and win a test match for Australia,
so very exciting.
“The wicket spun and I think it will only
get harder to bat on as the game goes on. I’m
sure we’re going to create 10 opportunities.
It’s just a case of taking all 10. ”
India captain Virat Kohli has been no
slouch with the bat in this series but he was
able to add only seven runs to his overnight
score before clipping a Ryan Harris delivery
to Rogers at midwicket some 20 minutes into
The 147 helped bring his tally over the four
tests to 646 runs, the second highest by an
Indian batsman in an overseas series after
the 774 Sunil Gavaskar accumulated in West
Indies in 1971.
Despite the Indian tail wagging for the first
time in the series and good batting conditions,
the Australians managed to winkle out four
They got some help from the third umpire
to get rid of Kumar (30), who put on 65
with Ashwin (50) for the eighth wicket,
after a referred decision that will do little
to persuade India to embrace the decision
“ It ’s still pretty decently poised, although
they definitely have an ace up,” Ashwin said,
despite 288 being the highest successful
fourth innings run chase in a test at the
“ We’ ll have to see how it goes. ” — Reuters
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