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Wozniacki rallies to beat Azarenka in Doha

Wozniacki rallies to beat Azarenka in Doha

Caroline Wozniacki saved a match point in the final set and beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday in the group stage of the WTA Tour's Sony Ericsson Championships.
Azarenka was up a break four times in the third set but failed to put the match away, letting the 19-year-old Dane break back each time.
Wozniacki, who had just two winners in the first set, saved a match point with Azarenka leading 5-4 in the third before finally holding serve for the first time in the decider.
Wozniacki broke again for 6-5 after the Belarusian was docked a point for smashing her racket. Azarenka had already been warned in that game after hitting the ball out of the court following another unforced error.
Wozniacki sealed the win with a service winner after 2 hours, 58 minutes.
It was the 19-year-old Dane's first match in the tournament, while Azarenka defeated Jelena Jankovic in her opener Tuesday. Jankovic played top-seeded Dinara Safina later Wednesday, before No. 2 Serena Williams faced her sister Venus.
The tournament features the top eight players in the world with a round-robin stage before the semifinals. Each group stage win is worth $100,000, with the eventual winner taking home up to $1.55 million.
Serena Williams can overtake Safina atop the year-end rankings if she outperforms the Russian in the season-ending championship.
Wozniacki seemed bothered by the sore hamstring that forced her to retire from her first-round match at the Luxembourg Open last week, icing it during changeovers and stretching repeatedly between points.


Updated : 2021-04-15 14:29 GMT+08:00