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Caroline Wozniacki cruises to Dubai Championships title

Caroline Wozniacki in action
Wozniacki regained her world number one ranking from Kim Clijsters

World number one Caroline Wozniacki claimed the Dubai Championships title after a comprehensive 6-1 6-3 final win over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The Dane went through the entire tournament without dropping a set on her way to her 13th career WTA title.

And the 20-year-old is expected to keep her place at the top of the world rankings for at least four weeks.

World number 23 Kuznetsova, who endured her third loss in the Dubai final, had no answer to Wozniacki's powerful game.

However, she is expected to climb 10 places when the new rankings are published on Monday.

Wozniacki dominated proceedings from the very start, taking a 2-0 lead before winning four successive games to claim the first set.

Kuznetsova saved two match points at 5-2 in the second set but her resistance eventually relented in the ninth game as Wozniacki sealed victory in 75 minutes.

Wozniacki said: "I was hitting the ball cleanly and aggressively. I knew I had to, because if Svetlana is allowed to dictate, she's just too strong.

"It was very important to stay pretty close to the baseline and keep her moving. I'm a player that can play aggressively, I can play defensively, I can mix it up and wait for the right moment.

"It depends on the opponent and it depends on how I feel."

Kuznetsova admitted she contributed to her own downfall.

"I was just making so many unforced errors," said the Russian.

"She defends well and doesn't really give you many free points. She plays a stable game and she wins.

"I just kept changing my strategy all match instead of just choosing one thing and playing it. She's just a smarter player. That's it."



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see also
Wozniacki through to Dubai final
19 Feb 11 |  Tennis
Wozniacki regains number one spot
18 Feb 11 |  Tennis
Early exit for Baltacha in Dubai
14 Feb 11 |  Tennis


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