Wozniacki, Pennetta Claim WTA Tour Titles
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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