Wozniacki beats Radwanska again to reach Pan Pacific final
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 24, 2016 04:48 PM
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after winning over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during the women's singles semifinal match of the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer
TOKYO (AP) — Former champion Caroline Wozniacki continued her late season resurgence by beating second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on Saturday to advance to the final of the Pan Pacific Open.
Radwanska was close to victory, leading 5-3 in the second set, but Wozniacki seized momentum when she broke her opponent twice to win the last four games on her way to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win.
The U.S. Open semifinalist also came from 3-1 down in the third set, once again winning four straight games before closing out the match when Radwanska's return went into the net.
"It was a tough match against a great player," Wozniacki said. "We always have tough matches. I was happy to fight back even though I was down a break in the second set."
The Dane will face Naomi Osaka of Japan in Sunday's final. Osaka also rallied to beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Wozniacki drew on all her experience against Radwanska, beating her for the ninth time against only four losses.
"We practice together all the time so I knew what to expect," Wozniacki said. "It was a good game, a good match. Nothing really surprised me."
The former top-ranked player has faced ankle and wrist injuries this season.
"It's always a grind when you are injured," Wozniacki said. "You just have to go with it and work hard. It's great to be back."