Caroline Wozniacki crashes out of 2017 Auckland draw

Everything seemed to be going Wozniacki’s way, however the Dane crashed out of Auckland on Thursday.

When Serena Williams lost in the 2nd round and Venus Williams pulled out of the Auckland draw this week it seemed like everything was set for Caroline Wozniacki to take the title. She finished 2016 hot and she played well to open the Auckland tournament. In the quarterfinals, she stormed out to a 6-1, 3-0 second-set double-break lead over Julia Goerges and seemed destined for a title. However, Goerges had other plans and what resulted was a shocking reversal that might sit with Wozniacki for a little while.

Goerges stormed back to take the 2nd set 6-3 before rushing out to a 5-1 lead in the third set. The Dane was able to make the decider close, however the German nursed the lead home for a 6-4 third-set victory. The result is that Goerges will head to the semifinals with hopes of winning a title to start the season, while Wozniacki will have to wait for next week and an event in Sydney.

During Goerges’ beatdown of Wozniacki, the German seemed unstoppable. Nearly every shot had pace and fell near one of the lines, leaving the Dane scrambling for answers. If the resulting loss had taken place in a bigger tournament then Wozniacki would definitely have garnered attention for a major meltdown. Fortunately for her, the loss only happened in a low-tiered tournament and she will likely put it behind her quickly. However, Wozniacki will miss out on what appeared to be a near-certain title in Auckland with the Williams sisters already out of the draw.

Goerges is into the semifinals against Ana Konjuh, one of the younger stars on the WTA Tour. In the top section of the draw Lauren Davis will face Jelena Ostapenko. For a tournament that featured Serena, Venus, Barbora Strycova, and Wozniacki it’s surprising that none of them will even make the final. The start of the season in Auckland will produce a surprising champion this weekend in the build up to the 2017 Australian Open.


Shane Lambert