Caroline Wozniacki bagged her first win on the WTA Tour since March’s Miami Open, returning from her long-term right ankle injury to oust Cagla Buyukakcay 7-5 6-3 in the Aegon Open.
The great Dane, a former world #1 and an ex-Eastbourne champion, was not flawless in getting back in the swing of things but did just enough to see off her opponent in Nottingham.
And Buyukakcay was never going to be a pushover, having suddenly become a star in native Turkey by becoming the first home-grown player to win the Istanbul Open.
Having picked up her first success in a Grand Slam main draw by winning a match at Roland Garros, Buyukakcay has propelled into the top 100.
Yet Wozniacki started off the blocks like a bat out of hell to soar into a seemingly comfortable lead only for Buyukakcay to bounce back.
The Turk twice broke the world #34 but the #3 seed made no mistake serving out the opening set to love to edge ahead after 52 hard-fought minutes.
Wozniacki confidently soared into a 5-1 lead with some fierce shots to dictate play.
But battler Buyukakcay didn’t give up and gave Wozniacki a scare, only to be broken one last time with the Dane booking a 2nd Round berth with an impressive volley.
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Wozniacki explained: “It felt nice to be back on court. There’s always things I’d like to do better, but for a first match back in so many weeks then it’s just great to be back there.
“It was 10 weeks at home, working hard and trying to get back in good shape and form.
“It feels much more different to play a match than practice, and you feel a little bit sore.
“I just focused on myself and what I needed to do. I had my own game plan in mind, and figured the rest out to win.”