Caroline Wozniacki is one win away from reaching the final at her penultimate tournament before retirement as she faces Jessica Pegula in the ASB Classic semi-finals in Auckland on Saturday.
Caroline Wozniacki ?? vs Jessica Pegula ?? Match Info
Date: Saturday January 11
Tournament: ASB Classic, WTA Auckland SF
Time: 3.00pm local time (2.00am GMT)
Caroline Wozniacki vs Jessica Pegula Head-to-Head
First career meeting
Road to the semi-finals
R1: def. Paige Mary Hourigan 6-1 6-0
R2: def. Lauren Davis 6-1 4-6 6-4
QF: def. Julia Goerges  6-1 6-4
R1: def. CiCi Bellis 6-0 6-4
R2: def. Tamara Zidanesk  6-2 6-3
QF: def. Alize Cornet 6-0 3-2 RET
Caroline Wozniacki vs Jessica Pegula Match Preview
She will be retired by the end of the month, but Wozniacki is still out there playing some top 10/20 level tennis, finessing her way into the Auckland semi-finals for the loss of just one set.
Wozniacki was tasked with a difficult quarter-final against two-time champion Julia Goerges, but the Dane snapped her 12-match winning streak at the event – and avenged two losses to the German in Auckland in the process – with a superb display in Friday’s quarter-finals.
Wozniacki didn’t lose serve all match and kept it clean as usual, hitting nine winners to 11 unforced errors, while Goerges was ultimately undone by 26 errors – despite blasting 24 winners.“
I’ve had so many tough matches against Julia in the past, and I knew this one was going to be tough as well,” Wozniacki said after the match.
“She has a big serve and big shots, so I needed to be ready for every point. I’ve been serving really well this week, so I hope it can continue.”
A runner-up in Auckland in 2015 (lost to Venus Williams) and 2018 (lost to Goerges), along with reaching the semi-finals in 2016 and falling to Bianca Andreescu last year, Wozniacki – who is also into the semi-finals of doubles with Serena Williams – has declared she’s prepared for January like any other season, despite her impending retirement.
It would be quite something if Wozniacki and Serena squared off in the singles final – can the Dane hold up her end of the bargain?
Jessica Pegula will have something to say about that. The 25-year-old has been forced to overcome some serious injuries throughout her career so far, but she’s been fit and firing over the last couple of seasons and is starting to get the results that a lot of people knew she was capable of when she first burst onto the scene towards the start of last decade.
Coached by Michael Joyce, Pegula made her first WTA final in Quebec City in 2018 before breaking through and claiming her maiden WTA title at the Citi Open last year, defeating Camila Giorgi in the final. Pegula didn’t win a main draw match for the rest of the season, finishing 2019 at No. 82 in the world, but she’s started 2020 with a bang, advancing into the Auckland semi-finals without dropping a set – although she did benefit from Alize Cornet retiring in their quarter-final due to a thigh injury.
Caroline Wozniacki vs Jessica Pegula Prediction
Pegula has done nothing wrong this week and has nothing to lose, but if Wozniacki can maintain her current level, she’ll be very hard to beat. The Dane isn’t playing like someone who is about to retire and is looking rock solid from the baseline. Pegula will have to be at her absolute best to win this – and that might not even be enough.