Wozniacki secures first victory against Venus Williams, wins WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki

But the 27-year-old Dane could not have chosen a better stage - the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global - to pull off her first triumph over the 37-year-old American and biggest career win to date.

Facing an opponent who enjoyed a 7-0 winning record against her, Wozniacki continued to display the form and variation she had all week in Singapore to emerge with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in her fifth appearance at the elite, eight-woman event.

The momentum now was firmly with the Dane - bidding for her first WTA Finals title, she jumped out to a 3-0 lead and it looked as though finally Williams was running out of steam.

The Danish tennis star tastes victory and earns the biggest singles title of her career.

"Venus Williams is a great champion and she made it very, very hard for me".

Halep, who failed to make it out of the round-robin phase in a Singapore tournament won by Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday, said she was relaxed now but expected the burden of the ranking to rise when the next campaign begins.

"I knew that she was never going to give up, and I knew she was going to come back fighting strong".

"I just had to keep reminding myself that I'm still up and I'm the one who is leading here, and I'm the one who can close out this match right now".

On what went through her mind during Williams' second-set comeback, Wozniacki said: "I felt like it was a little bit of an uphill battle, to be honest".

"That's why I walked up to the chair umpire and said to pay attention to the spectators or the spectator that was doing that".

"I'm really happy that I could stay constant, which is the best thing, I think, for a player".

"I had many ups and downs but I was consistent, in my opinion", she added.

Asked if she felt she had returned to top form, she said: "Yeah, I played really well this week, played great tennis, and I'm proud of being here as the victor of the tournament". Even when I lost in the first round at the U.S. Open, I went back on court and I tried to improve in my game, which I did.

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