Zvonareva beats Wozniacki in Qatar

Sat, 26 Feb 19:23:00 2011

World number three Vera Zvonareva swept past top ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4 to land her first title in over a year at the Qatar Ladies Open.

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The Russian surprised even herself after suffering shock defeats in her previous two tournaments, losing to Daniela Hantuchova in the semi-finals at Pattaya City and Alisa Kleybanova in Dubai.

Despite playing three-set matches in the quarter and semi-finals, Zvonareva showed no signs of fatigue against an opponent who had not previously dropped a set.

Zvonareva broke in the third game and held her serve to take the first set and came back from a break down as she wrapped up the match.

"This is definitely a special moment for me, especially after that tough match against Daniela (Hantuchova) and another great one against Jelena (Jankovic)," said Zvonareva.

"Coming into this tournament I wasn't expecting to end my week like this. It's great," she added after clinching her 11th tour title.

World number one Wozniacki had no complaints. "I'm always disappointed to lose but I played a great competitor today," said the Dane, winner in Dubai last week.

Zvonareva wins in Doha

Reuters

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