The 28-year-old Wozniacki, who won her maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open at the start of this year, was imperious against the unseeded Sevastova, winning 6-3, 6-3.
If she wins against Wozniacki, Sevastova will rise to world number 11 but only to world number 12 if she loses. "Then when I stepped on the court, I just felt a little bit drained".
"Then if you win one Grand Slam, they're like, 'Oh, she only won one Grand Slam'".
The U.S. Open champion repeatedly found the net in the first set before regaining her rhythm, taking Zhang to five break points in the first game of the second set to help turn the tide of the match. "I feel like we both fought as hard as we could".
The Japanese star required treatment to her lower back during her semi-final defeat to unseeded Anastasija Sevastova at the China Open in Beijing on Saturday.
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But it was ultimately Sevastova's inconsistency of 35 errors, 22 of which came in the crucial second set, that cost her the chance to win what would have been the biggest title of her career.
"I also want to thank and apologise to Anastasija for today".
The time off allowed her body to mend and she returned to the sport in January 2015.
Fognini, who was chasing a fourth title of the season, reportedly has an ankle injury.
In the men's final, Juan Martin del Potro faced Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.