"I thought she started off really strongly and she was attacking and playing really, really well", Wozniacki said.
The No. 5 seed won her WTA Tour-leading fifth tournament of the year on Sunday, downing No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 6-0 in the final at the Aviva Centre at York University. She was in form during the tiebreaker, firing a service victor to convert her second set point under the warm sun at Aviva Centre.
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But before they could hit the court, women's quarterfinals in Toronto that were postponed Friday due to rain had to be completed.
Wozniacki appeared relaxed during the breaks, which gave her time to consult with her father and longtime coach Piotr Wozniacki, before she won five straight games and ultimately took the first set. In seesaw games that often went to deuce after long rallies on either player's serve, it was Svitolina's ability to better rebound from the ebbs and flows of the match (as well as Wozniacki's troubles at the net) that proved pivotal. She dropped to No. 74 last August but has returned to form of late.
New No. 1 Karolina Pliskova opened the day with a 6-2, 6-7 (4) 1-0 retirement win over Naomi Osaka who had to call it quits do to an ab injury.
Her first victory of the season came earlier this week and she beat 14th-seeded Petra Kvitova en route to the semifinals. "I'm just very happy that it's finished - and with a title, it's even more special". Big tournament. I played really well also this morning.
Wozniacki has reached five finals this season and now holds the No. 6 position.
Pliskova seemed unsettled by the stoppages as Wozniacki claimed her first win against a world number one, and her reward will now be a clash against Sloane Stephens or Lucie Safarova in the semi-finals.
Stephens did not have high expectations for this summer and was quite pleased to reach the final four. The obvious question with Svitolina is how much she has left in the tank after playing two matches on Saturday. Svitolina has won six of her last eight matches on hard court. Svitolina is having the best season of her life and whilst Wozniacki is in the midst of a comeback of sorts.
In doubles play, Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko defeated Germany's Julia Goerges and Ukraine's Olga Savchuk 4-6, 6-2, 10-3.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) d.
The tournament's singles champion is to earn US$501,975 of the US$2.74 million purse.