Tennis: Caroline Wozniacki back in world's top 20 with Hong Kong Open win

Caroline Wozniacki holding her trophy after winning her finals match against Kristina Mladenovic at the Hong Kong Open on Oct 16, 2016.
Caroline Wozniacki holding her trophy after winning her finals match against Kristina Mladenovic at the Hong Kong Open on Oct 16, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki captured her 25th career Tour title when she beat unseeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 in the Hong Kong Open final on Sunday.

Wozniacki, who will now move back into the world's top 20, has been in fine form, winning 19 of her last 22 matches, but was pushed to her limits by Mladenovic during an intense final that lasted two hours and 40 minutes.

Despite a strong start from the 26-year-old Dane, Mladenovic refused to back down as she produced a spirited performance to win the second set, the only one Wozniacki dropped during the tournament.

Wozniacki, who won the Pan Pacific Open last month, held her nerve as she showcased her years of experience to clinch the third set and claim her second Tour title of the year.