Wozniacki in her first Miami Open final
KEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):
Caroline Wozniacki has finally made her first Miami Open title match.
The part-time Miami resident rallied past second-seeded Karolina Pliskova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, meaning the No. 12 seed will play in tomorrow's championship match against No. 10 Johanna Konta or No. 11 Venus Williams.
Wozniacki, playing on Key Biscayne for the 10th time, was clearly the fresher player, as the match went along on an 80-degree sunny afternoon. She wasted three set points in the opening set, then was barely challenged the rest of the way.
"I got a good start to the second set and that kind of got me fired up," Wozniacki said.
Wozniacki took 62 of 104 points played in the final two sets, recovering after letting the first set get away. She won the first three games of the second set with Pliskova giving her racket a toss afterward and then controlled the rest of the match.
The former world No. 1 went over the $23-million career earnings mark with the win. A win tomorrow would send her to No. 8 in the world.
"It's extremely special," said Wozniacki, who has been a courtside spectator at some Miami Heat games in recent years. "Having a place here, training here in the off season, playing kind of on home advantage ... I'm extremely excited."