World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki played a nearly flawless tournament at the China Open, storming her way to her second career Beijing crown without dropping a set all week.
On Sunday, the Dane defeated Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3 to earn not only the 30th title of her career, but also a spot in the WTA Finals in Singapore as the tournament’s defending champion.
"As a little kid, I had a dream of becoming a professional tennis player and becoming No. 1 in the world," Wozniacki said. "And then, after No. 1 in the world, I wanted to win a Slam. And then I wanted to lift trophies. Having done everything—all of that—it's pretty amazing."
Wozniacki's first WTA title came over a decade ago, at the 2008 Nordic Light Open in Stockholm. Since then, she's captured a total of 29 more titles, never going a full season without one.
This past year, however, has arguably been one of her best yet. After winning her first WTA Finals title to close out the 2017 season, Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open.
Despite a fourth-round exit at the 2018 French Open to Daria Kasatkina, Wozniacki went on to earn her second title of the season on the grass in Eastbourne.
But her momentum swung back when she suffered two second-round losses in the final Slams of the season: to Ekaterina Makarova at Wimbledon and to Lesia Tsurenko at the US Open.
Wozniacki's run in Beijing marked her first time stringing two or more wins together since her title in Eastbourne.
The Dane will join Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and three more yet-to-be-decided players at the WTA Finals in Singapore, which start on Oct. 21.
"I feel like I'm playing well. I think it's obviously very difficult in Singapore. It's going to be the top players. You have to play extremely well," Wozniacki said. "But this week definitely gives me a lot of confidence. I feel like I'm playing the way I want to be playing right now."