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Safina powers to Madrid victory

Dinara Safina
Safina will head to Roland Garros on an 10-match winning streak

World number one Dinara Safina completed her preparation for the French Open with a comfortable win over Caroline Wozniacki at the Madrid Open.

The Russian, 23, stormed to a 6-2 6-4 victory over the 18-year-old Dane just a week after winning in Rome.

Safina broke serve three times in the first set and early in the second, sealing victory in one hour 49 minutes.

She has now won 11 career titles and strengthened her position at the top of the world rankings.

Safina came in for criticism when she replaced Serena Williams as the world number one last month because, at that point, the Russian had not won a tournament in 2009.

She has now rectified that with back-to-back titles and heads to the French Open, which starts next Sunday, as the favourite to break her Grand Slam duck after finishing runner-up last year.

I got a little bit tired by the end of the match but even at the crucial moments I was dominant

Dinara Safina

Wozniacki was playing in her fourth final of the year in Madrid and will become the first Danish woman to break into the top 10 in Monday's new rankings.

"I take it one step at a time and now I'm top 10 so I have nine spots left to go," she said.

Safina broke in the third and fifth games before converting her third set point after 44 minutes.

She started with a break at the beginning on the second set and saw off two break points in a long eighth game.

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Wozniacki saved a match point on her own serve in the ninth before Safina closed it out a game later, taking her record since becoming world number one to 14 wins and one defeat.

"I was trying to play as aggressively as I could and put her under pressure," said the Russian. "I got a little bit tired by the end of the match but even at the crucial moments I was dominant.

"It was quite a close match because I gave her some chances and there were some chances I didn't take. I might have been in trouble if she'd taken them."



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Madrid Open photos
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Wozniacki through to face Safina
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Schnyder stuns Jankovic in Madrid
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Safina through to Madrid quarters
14 May 09 |  Tennis
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13 May 09 |  Tennis
Venus falls to unseeded Russian
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Angry Williams quits Madrid Open
11 May 09 |  Tennis
Safina beats Kuznetsova in final
09 May 09 |  Tennis


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