BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Top seed and new world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark toppled Shahar Peer of Israel in straight sets to reach her first final of China Open here on Saturday.
It did not take long for Wozniacki to put a slightly slow start behind her and move closer to her sixth WTA titles in a year after beating world No. 18 Peer 7-5, 6-2.
"I've never been in the finals here in the singles before, so I'm really happy to be in the finals," said Wozniacki, who will meet US Open runner-up Vera Zvonareva, a winner over home favourite Li Na in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. The Russian outplayed Wozniacki in the semis at US Open.
"Vera's a good player; I'm a good player. So it's going to be a difficult match. Hopefully, I'm just thinking about trying to be 100% fit for tomorrow."
Wozniacki wrenched her left knee in the semi-finals' victory over Ana Ivanovic 7-6(1), 6-4 and came back on the court with bandages wrapping over her left knee in front of Peer, who scored her first victory against Wozniacki in their most recent meeting at Dubai Open.
"I've got a lot of treatment on it. I still felt it a little bit, but it's not getting worse, so that's a positive thing," Wozniacki said.
Peer had a better start by breaking the first game. Wozniacki broke back in the second and did it again in the fourth to go ahead 5-3. However, the knee injury seemed to interrupt the top seed's performance-both in moving and in serving-before Peer levelled the score to 5-all. Wozniacki found her rhythm back in time to escape tiebreaker after gaining her third breaks in the 12th game.
The 23-year-old Israeli broke to lead 2-0 in the second set, before Wozniacki, perfectly steady in her mind and with her strokes, won the final six games in a row to conclude the one hour and 15 minutes' match.
The 20-year-old Dane has reached a tour-leading seven finals this year and is followed by her final opponent Zvonareva on six.