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Wozniacki vs Martic WTA Charleston Preview, Prediction and Live Streaming: Wozniacki aiming to maintain dominant record over Martic with Charleston final on the line

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 6 Apr 2019
  • Caroline Wozniacki vs Petra Martic is live from Charleston on Saturday, 6 April from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00pm BST
  • Wozniacki has won all five previous matches against Martic
Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki contests her first semi-final of the season when she takes on Croatia's Petra Martic in Charleston on Saturday.

Wozniacki had struggled through the first three months of 2019, eking out just five wins within that period. She was restricted to just four tournaments by a viral infection, which kept her out of the Middle Eastern swing in Dubai and Doha in February. The illness continued a frustrating spell of bad health for the former world No. 1, who announced at the end of last season that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that attacks the joints, causing pain and swelling.

The Dane had not made a quarter final in 2019 prior to Charleston- she was beaten by Bianca Andreescu in the Round of 16 in her season opener in Auckland; before crashing to Maria Sharapova in the third round of the Australian Open. Wozniacki, on her return from the viral illness, suffered an opening round loss to Ekaterina Alexandrova at Indian Wells, but she looked a lot sharper in Miami, beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Monica Niculescu before falling to Su-Wei Hsieh in the fourth round.

The former Australian Open champion has brought that encouraging form to Charleston, taking out the dangerous Laura Siegemund in the first round, before recording subsequent victories over Mihaela Buzarnescu, in three sets, and Maria Sakkari to reach her first semi-final of the season.

Sakkari had taken out two former champions- Andrea Petkovic and Kiki Bertens in a fine Charleston run, and had beaten Wozniacki in their only previous meeting in Wuhan in 2017, but she was no match for the 2011 champion on the day, as the Dane’s trademark discipline and consistency shone through to guide her into the last four. Wozniacki struck 15 winners and just eight unforced errors, as she raced to a fine 6-2 6-2 victory. She was held up in the end by a late Sakkari resistance, with the Greek saving four match points in the final game, which lasted for a quarter of an hour, but Wozniacki eventually got over the line on her fifth match point to set up Saturday's meeting with Martic.

“Before Indian Wells I only had a few days I was on the court”, Wozniacki reflected on her problems in the opening months of the season.  “I went into Indian Wells basically having not trained for maybe two months since Australia.  So I was just very happy to be able to play on a pretty high level, but I just ran out of steam, out of gas, and I needed like four days to recover after that”. 
"I just got myself ready on clay, and I'm feeling healthy, which is the main thing, and now it's just all about enjoying being out there."

The former world No. 1 will continue her bid for a second title on the green clay of Charleston when she takes on Martic on Saturday. 


Martic booked her spot in her first Premier-level semi-final with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Dubai champion, Belinda Bencic.

The Croatian broke once in each set to edge a close match, moving into her biggest semi-final in the process. The 28-year-old has put together a fine sequence in Charleston, beating Amanda Anisimova, Mandy Minella and Jessica Pegula before Friday's quarter final victory over Bencic.

Prior to Charleston, Martic’s her previous best result in 2019 was a third-round run at the Australian Open, where she defeated Heather Watson and Marketa Vondrousova before falling in two tie breaks to Sloane Stephens. She lost opening matches in Auckland, Dubai and Indian Wells, and was beaten by Karolina Pliskova in the second round at Indian Wells. 

However, from being 3-5 for the season heading into this week, Martic has sharply risen to 7-5 following her four wins in Charleston. Naturally, she is also guaranteed of some positive movement in the rankings, as she is set to return to the top 40, putting her very close to her previous high ranking of 31st.

Martic showed great promise in her early days, occupying a top-50 ranking as far back as 2011, but her career was blighted by injuries, which pulled her outside the top 650 as recently as April 2017. However, she has painstakingly rebuilt her ranking over the last couple of seasons, and was particularly sharp at the start of 2018- a fourth round at the Australian Open and a quarter final at Indian Wells being the highlights. She couldn't maintain that momentum through the rest of the year, but she still managed a final in Bucharest and a WTA 125K title in Chicago in September before making the quarter finals in two of her last three tournaments in Quebec City and Tianjin.

Her form was not great at the start of 2019, and she fell out of the top 50 as a result, but she will be heading back in the right direction following this run in Charleston.
Can she extend her stay on the green clay by taking out Wozniacki on Saturday?

Wozniacki has absolutely dominated this match-up, winning all five previous meetings without dropping a set.

"It's definitely going to be tough", Wozniacki said. "She's playing well. She's been playing well on this surface and this tournament so far. We practiced earlier this week. She has that big kick. She has a good serve, forehand, likes to run around it, mix it up with the backhand. So I need to be ready from every point."

Wozniacki at her durable best has been far too good for Martic through their careers, and the Dane appears to have rediscovered her form, and most importantly, her health in Charleston- she looks set to continue her mastery over Martic.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Petra Martic is live from Charleston on Saturday, 6 April from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00pm BST

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