A battle between the 2017 yearend champions

 

The Final of the 2018 ASB Classic saw the Dane and World #3 Caroline Wozniacki face the World #14 and German #1 Julia Goerges. Both players were coming into the Final on a massive winning streak after finishing the 2017 season in spectacular form.

Caroline Wozniacki came into the final on an 8 match winning streak after winning the elusive WTA Finals Trophy, which sees the top 8 yearend ranked players participate in a round robin format. The Dane defeated four of the top five players including the World #1 Simona Halep.

Julia Goerges on the other hand had a more impressive streak of 13 consecutive match wins, including back to back title wins at the Moscow Open and the WTA Elite Trophy which is contested by the players ranked between 9 and 20 in another round robin format.

The head to head between the two could not be closer with Julia leading the series 5 wins to 4 including a Final win on the red dirt at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart in 2011. More importantly, Caroline leads the head to head on hard courts with 4 wins to 2. That being said, Julia extended the head to head on Sunday, 7 January by defeating Caroline in an exhilarating final winning the ASB Classic in a tight two sets, 64, 76.

Regardless of losing in the Final, Caroline has guaranteed herself the #2 seed at the Australian Open, both Julia and Caroline will now travel to Melbourne as neither of them are participating in the next scheduled WTA tournaments in Sydney and Hobart.

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