World No. 1 Dinara Safina won her second consecutive title in her third consecutive final on Sunday at Madrid, rolling past Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4.
“I was feeling confident from the beginning and tried to be as aggressive as I could,” Safina said after the first-time meeting between the two Top 10 players. “I got a little bit tired at the end of the match but I was still dominant in the crucial moments. Caroline is a great player — she’s very young and has time to improve. I think she can be very dangerous.”
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Safina is 14-1 since claiming the No. 1 ranking, finishing runner-up in Stuttgart, and winning Rome and Madrid.
“I have come to find my place,” Safina said. “I feel comfortable being No. 1. It was my dream from the beginning to be No. 1 and I always believed I could get it. Once I got it, I was ready for it. That’s why I think I’m enjoying it so much. Since I became No. 1 I’ve played better and better.”
Wozniacki won Ponte Vedra Beach on clay, and made the final of Charleston.
Serena Williams, the world No. 2 who has proclaimed herself the true No. 1-ranked player, retired in the first round against Francesca Schiavone due to chronic knee/leg injuries.
The doubles final was won by Cara Black and Liezel Huber, in the final topping No.3 seeds Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.
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