Woz wins again, but will her reign as the darling of Danish tennis be torpedoed? – The Post

Woz wins again, but will her reign as the darling of Danish tennis be torpedoed?

Wins in Tokyo and Columbus see both players fly up the world rankings

Mikael Torpegaard wins Challenger tourney in first attempt (photo: OSU)
September 26th, 2016 3:20 pm| by Christian W

Danish tennis has enjoyed a week to remember thanks to Caroline Wozniacki’s first WTA tournament triumph for a year and a scintillating few days for young starlet Mikael Torpegaard that ended with him winning his very first Challenger Tournament.

Torpegaard, who stars for Ohio State University and is ranked number one on the US college circuit in the men’s singles, beat Benjamin Becker in the final of the Columbus Challenger 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

Despite being an unseeded wild card, Torpegaard made it to the final and beat the top-seeded German, who is ranked number 99 in the world and is probably best remembered for being Andre Agassi’s final opponent before the icon’s retirement in 2006.

With his victory, Torpegaard moves up to 371 in the world ATP rankings, thereby passing Frederik Løchte Nielsen as the highest-ranked Danish men’s singles player.

READ MORE: Danish tennis starlet shining bright in the US

Title in Tokyo
Also over the weekend, Caroline Wozniacki proved her semi-final appearance at the US Open was no fluke by winning the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo by beating home-town teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 in the final.

The Dane, who rose to 22 in the world rankings following her win, beat two top ten players (Agnieszka Radwanska [4] and Carla Navarro [8]) en route to the final.

Despite having a rough couple of years, Wozniacki’s win is her 24th on the WTP Tour and ensures she has now won a WTA title in each of her last nine years since her first win in 2008.