WTA Finals 2014: Wozniacki reflects on marathon victory over Sharapova

The Dane reckons her New York Marathon training helped her win thriller

Caroline Wozniacki pointed to her ever-improving fitness as a key reason behind her lengthy three-set victory over Maria Sharapova in the WTA Finals.

The US Open finalist edged to a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory over the world No2 in a draining three hours and 13 minutes in Singapore on Tuesday.

And Wozniacki, who will be running in this year’s New York Marathon, admitted that her extra training paid dividends as the 24-year-old made a winning start.

“I just feel like right now with all the training and running I’ve been doing, I can keep being out there and keep running,” Wozniacki said.

“I kept thinking to myself out there in the third set, ‘If you’re going to get tired now, how are you going to get through this marathon? You better keep going.’ I did, and I felt pretty good out there. I felt I could still keep going for a while.”

Meanwhile, Sharapova, who lost to Wozniacki in the US Open earlier this year, explained why the Dane is one of the most difficult opponents on the WTA tour.

“It’s not a secret, she’s always been one of the most physically challenging players to play against,” Sharapova said.

“She gets many balls back and makes you hit an extra ball. I think she’s doing that better. She’s improved her strength in doing that. There is a little more when she’s on the defense. Not just the ball up in the air, but she has something on it. She gets herself back in position.”

Agnieszka Radwanska provided the second surprise of the day in the White Group as the Pole beat Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-3.

“She’s a great champion and playing some amazing tennis, especially the last few months, so I’m really happy with that win,” Radwanska said.

“There’s only eight of us here, so you have to go out and try your best, otherwise you’re not going to win. And I’m very happy with the way I played tonight.”

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