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Friday, October 28, 2011

Wozniacki finishes as No.1 despite being hammered by Kvitova

PETRA KVITOVA dominated top-ranked Caroline ­Wozniacki at the WTA ­Championships yesterday, winning 6-4 6-2 to hand the Dane her second loss at the season-ending tournament.

Kvitova earned an early break in the first set and never looked troubled the rest of the way, hitting 36 winners compared to just six for Wozniacki, who never earned a break point.

The Czech Wimbledon champion broke two more times in the second set before clinching the victory with a backhand winner.

Kvitova improved her record to 2-0 in the round-robin phase, while Wozniacki fell to 1-2 after also losing to Vera Zvonareva.

Wozniacki still wrapped up the year-ending No.1 ranking after Maria Sharapova ­withdrew from the ­tournament with an ankle injury on Wednesday.

Earlier yesterday Victoria Azarenka became the first player to qualify for the semi-finals after a ­comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Li Na.

Azarenka followed her win over US Open champion Sam Stosur with a victory by the same scoreline over Li, the French Open winner.

“She’s a very, very tough opponent,” Azarenka said about Li. “Especially if you give her one rhythm, she’s really solid.”

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