Caroline Wozniacki claims Brussels Open title ahead of French Open

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World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki managed to crown her red clay season just a day before the start of the French Open – in the final of the inaugural Premier-level Brussels Ladies Open the Dane defeated surprise finalist Peng Shuai even though the Chinese convincingly took the first set 6-2. Final score: 2-6 6-3 6-3.

Wozniacki improved in the second set against the eighth-seeded Peng, ranked 31st in the world, but a concerning thing happened in the third set when Wozniacki needed medical treatment on her left thigh.

As Wozniacki is one of the favorites for the French Open and bares quite a pressure to win her first Grand Slam title there, let’s just briefly have a look at her clay season:

Therefore, her win-loss record on clay courts this season is 17-3. Two of the losses were to Julia Goerges and one to Maria Sharapova. Also, in the Brussels Ladies Open semifinals she defeated reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in a thrilling encounter that lasted more than two hours and a half. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)


  1. The analysis of wins and losses on the clay tournaments this year makes Maria Sharapova the favorite in the French open. The most important factor is Maria’s win over Carolyn just last week. Viki and especially Kim are very questionable because of injuries and lack of playing time. Schiavone and Stosur have been over rated all year mostly because of the skewed WTA ranking system and their luck in the majors. Zvonareva and her handsome coach who had her on track parted ways and so did her game. The Serbs are not playing well. I still like my original 3 picks – Maria, Viki and Andrea Petkovic who won the Strasbourg tournament today and moved into 12th place in the rankings. The best real underdog has been Galina Voskoboeva who finished with 8 wins in Brussels including the doubles championship and a near defeat of the #2 seed, Vera Zvonareva. Unfortunately, she will not be playing singles in France because of her low, injury-caused ranking in the 200 or 300’s.


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