Warrior Wozniacki through to Auckland final

Warrior Wozniacki through to Auckland final

Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

"I'm exhausted, if I'm being honest", Wozniacki told the WTA website after her semi final.

She raced out to an early 5-1 first-set lead before holding off a spirited Vickery resistance to win 6-4, and then broke late in the second set to secure the match.

She had to do it the hard way, though, as a rain-affected week meant she had to play both her quarter-final and semi-final on Saturday.

"Then coming out here and playing three sets this morning, and then two sets when we ran a lot―I'm not 17 anymore, I can feel it for sure!"

Waiting in the final is Goerges, who also had to win twice.

Julia Goerges was too good for Su Wei Hsieh in the semifinals
SPORT Julia Goerges was too good for Su Wei Hsieh in the semifinals

The 27-year-old will play in her second Classic final, having lost to Venus Williams in 2015, while Goerges lost in the final to Sloane Stephens in 2016.

Czech third seed Strycova had fallen out at the quarter-final stage to Hsieh, while fourth seed Radwanska was throttled by the energetic Vickery.

The Dane recovered to win the opening set but needed almost 11 minutes to win her second service game en route to beating the American qualifier.

German second seed Julia Goerges and opponent Polona Hercog failed to play out a single game before the heavens opened, and returned to the sheds. "It's a tough start to the season - you kind of feel it after the first match.in the back, and the legs, and then we didn't play for a couple of days, and I said, 'Oh, it's nice'".

Top seed Wozniacki started brightly with a break of serve to love on her way to an early 3-0 lead and added another break in the eighth game to wrap up the opening set in just 24 minutes on a glorious day in New Zealand's largest city. "I'm feeling good. It's another final for me, now three in a row and I can just be happy".

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