Caroline Wozniacki chose the eighth time - and the grandest occasion of them all - to post her first victory over Venus Williams. The world No. 6 beat her No. 5-ranked opponent 6-4, 6-4 yesterday to win this year's BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
In improving on her runner-up finish at the 2010 edition of the prestigious season finale, Wozniacki becomes the first Dane to lift the Billie Jean King trophy. It is her 50th career title, but also the biggest one so far.
Aggressive throughout the match, Wozniacki had led 5-0 in the second set before a resurgent Williams put up a strong comeback to get back to 4-5. Wozniacki served out the match for the win at the second time of asking.
She wins US$2,207,000 (S$3,012,400) and is the fourth different winner in as many editions of the Singapore Finals so far. The Republic is pencilled in to host one more edition of the tournament.