Caroline Wozniacki Remains Alive in WTA Hong Kong Draw

Wozniacki will face Jelena Jankovic in one women’s semifinal.

The door is open in Hong Kong for Caroline Wozniacki to claim another title. The in-form Dane, who made the Flushing Meadows semifinals last month, is into the semifinals in one of this week’s WTA events following a win on Friday over Quian Wang. In another result Daria Gavrilova defeated Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals and that has left Wozniacki as the highest-ranked player left in the draw.

In her next match, she will face a fellow former World No. 1 in Jelena Jankovic. The Serb, who entered this week ranked 37th, defeated Alize Cornet in the quarterfinals in a three-set match. Wozniacki and Jankovic have met on many occasions in the past and there is not much between them. Their semifinal match promises to be a competitive one, however Wozniacki should be considered the favorite.

Heading into their semifinal in Hong Kong the two players are 5-5 against one another. They haven’t met since the early part of 2014, when Jankovic won a quick match in Indian Wells. However, that result broke a streak of five straight matches in Wozniacki’s favor. This series is one that Jankovic dominated in the early parts of the Dane’s career, however generally Wozniacki has gotten the better of the Serb of late.

Wozniacki is the favorite for the Hong Kong title in my view. The tournament is only an international-level event on the WTA Tour, meaning that the Dane would only pick up 280 ranking points with a title. That’s not really enough to get her back into the thick of things when it comes to the year-end finals. It seems that her last chance of making up some major ground to make the finals was last week at the China Open. Unfortunately the Dane only made the third round in that tournament.

Winning this weekend in Hong Kong is more about finishing the season on a high note. After this weekend, Wozniacki will travel all the way over to Luxembourg to compete in a tournament that she won in 2013.

Following up her deep run in Hong Kong with a deep run in Luxembourg should be tough. However, a title in either tournament and Wozniacki will enter the off-season as one to watch for the 2016 season.

Shane Lambert