TOKYO — Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki upset top-ranked Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday.
Wozniacki, a champion here in 2010 and 2016, converted six of seven break points to reach her seventh final of 2017.
Playing in her first tournament since earning the WTA’s top ranking, Wimbledon champion Muguruza had 29 unforced errors to drop the final 10 games of the match.
“I didn’t feel that fresh,” Muguruza said. “In the long rallies, I was struggling a little bit. I felt my energy was a little bit low, but I think she just had a good match. I didn’t make the important shots in the important moments so the match went to her side very fast.”
Sixth-ranked Wozniacki will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Sunday’s final. Pavlyuchenkova rallied from being down 3-0 in the final set to beat former No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-7 (4), 6-4.
Pavlyuchenkova, who is aiming for her third title of 2017, broke serve seven times and won six of the final seven games.
Pavlyuchenkova admitted her slow start in the final set had her thinking about the next tournament in China.
“I was already thinking about going to Wuhan,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “In my head I was booking flights. But at the same time, I always fight to the last point.”
TOKYO — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 Friday.
A rare double-fault by the top-seeded Muguruza allowed Garcia to pull even at 3-3 in the second set, but the Spaniard broke back in the next game.
Playing in her first tournament since earning the No. 1 ranking, Muguruza will next face Caroline Wozniacki. The former top-ranked Dane advanced when Dominika Cibulkova was forced to retire with a right thigh injury while trailing 3-6, 7-6 (5), 3-1.
Also, Angelique Kerber upset second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (5), 7-5. The seventh-seeded Kerber took advantage of several unforced errors by the Czech player and won with a powerful cross-court shot on her fifth match point.
Kerber will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinals. The Russian beat Barbora Strycova 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.
TOKYO — A resurgent Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday while gaining revenge over Belinda Bencic for last year’s semifinal defeat.
Continuing the form that took her to the U.S. Open semifinals, Wozniacki hit 10 aces in the 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 win over Bencic to set up a second-round meeting with fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro.
The result ended a run of four straight defeats for Wozniacki against the Swiss player.
Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan upset fifth-seeded Madison Keys of the United States 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7) while facing down 15 aces, and sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia ousted Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on a drop shot after 2 1/2 hours.
The 2013 champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat Madison Brengle of the United States 6-3, 6-3 to set up a meeting in the second round with Rio de Janeiro Olympic champion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.