Wozniacki, Pennetta Claim WTA Tour Titles
by Staff | April 11th, 2010

Top-seeded and world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki won her second consecutive MPS Group Championships on Sunday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., coming back from a 4-1 second-set deficit to beat Olga Govortsova 6-2, 7-5.

Govortsova dropped serve at 5-4 in the second set and eventually the match in the swirling windy and hot conditions.

“I think that broke her a little bit,” Wozniacki said. “At 5-all I had the advantage that point…It was important for me that I was the one opening the court and I was the one dictating the points.”

The 19-year-old Wozniacki won her seventh career WTA title and first of this year after finishing runner-up to Jelena Jankovic at Indian Wells.

Italian Flavia Pennetta claimed the Marbella claycourt title Sunday, defeating Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.

Pennetta was treated for cramping in the third set.

“I just got the better of her at the end,” Pennetta said. “I started well then got a bit tired, and Carla started playing more aggressively. I could have won it in two sets — I had to start all over again in the third, but from 3-all I played very well. I think Carla will have many chances to win this tournament though.”

Pennetta has now won nine career tour titles, seven on clay, and she is now 9-10 in career singles finals.

Victoria Azarenka was the top seed but retired during her quarterfinal match against Martinez Sanchez with a left thigh strain, and Miami winner Kim Clijsters lost in the second round to qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany.

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2 Comments for Wozniacki, Pennetta Claim WTA Tour Titles

steve Says:

I must be the only one here who got up early to watch the Marbella final. Suarez Navarro played well, but I have to congratulate Pennetta, she was just too tough and too experienced and played an outstanding match.

To me Wickmayer and Suarez Navarro are the most promising of the younger generation of women’s players. They have the game, but they also have that intangible something that makes me think they can distinguish themselves from the rank and file and reach that next level.

Suarez Navarro has a problem with mental consistency, though, double faults, error-prone service games, weird choice of shots on important points. Which is a shame because I think she has a more fluid and natural game than Henin, to whom she has been compared. (Any time you have two players with a single-handed backhand they’re going to be compared).

Then again, the young Federer had a reputation as an amazingly talented but mentally weak headcase who let matches that he had in the bag get away from him, and look where he is now.

I’m hoping she can win a title this year. She obviously put herself under a lot of pressure to win this one, which is perhaps one of the reasons why she couldn’t bring her best stuff to bear at the important moments. Hopefully she’ll relax a bit next time and play more freely.

sar Says:

At least Safina and JJ had Tier 1 wins when they were number 1 or 2. Wozniaki has none.

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