Caroline Wozniacki is playing the final tournament of her career and her second-round clash with Dayana Yastremska could have very well been her last, but the former world No.1 Dane erased big deficits in two sets to advance to the third round of the Australian Open with a 7-5 7-5 victory.
The 2018 Australian Open champion Wozniacki faced a major threat in the second round, as the 21st-ranked Yastremska is in excellent form, having reached the Adelaide International final this month and having beaten Wozniacki in straight sets in their only previous meeting at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last year.
Defying the odds, the 29-year-old Wozniacki won six games in a row to clinch the opening set after a 5-1 deficit and then came back from 3-0 down in the second set to beat 23rd-seeded Yastremska in two hours and two minutes on her sixth match point.
A lot of people are commenting that Yastremska used gamesmanship with her medical timeout in the second set and after the match Wozniacki revealed that her opinion is the same:
Obviously she tried to break my rhythm and at 5-4 I don’t think there was anything wrong, she was running just fine. That’s the trick she’s done before and I knew that it was coming.
In the third round, the unseeded Wozniacki will play world No.78 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.