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Caroline Wozniacki beats Kuznetsova to claim Dubai title

Top-seeded Dane takes just 75 minutes to defeat the 16th seeded Russian 6-1 6-3

Caroline Wozniacki beats Kuznetsova to claim Dubai title
TOP SEED: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark poses with the trophy after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on February 20, 2011 in Dubai (Getty Images)

Caroline
Wozniacki took just 75 minutes to defeat 16th seeded Russian Svetlana
Kuznetsova 6-1 6-3 in the final of the Dubai championships on Sunday.

The top-seeded Dane had never
advanced beyond the third round of the tournament before, but she swept
through the draw without the loss of a set to win her 13th career title.

By
defeating Shahar Peer in the quarter-finals she re-captured the top
ranking she had surrendered to Kim Clijsters just the week before and
she is expected to hold on to that ranking for at least the next four
weeks.

"I felt really good out
there today," Wozniacki told reporters. "I felt like I was hitting the
ball well, clean, and I could really stay aggressive today. I knew I
had to because if Svetlana is allowed to stay and dictate, she's just
too strong."

There were far too
many errors from Kuznetsova to make the match anything other than
mediocre. She failed to reproduce the kind of performance earlier in
the week that suggested she was capable of returning towards the top of
the rankings.

Wozniacki had little to do but keep the ball in play as Kuznetsova often missed by a wide margin.

The
Dane broke her opponent at love to lead 5-2 in the second set, but
failed to convert either of two match points before Kuznetsova broke.

But she closed out the match on her third match point as she broke Kuznetsova's serve for the seventh time.

It
is the third time that Kuznetsova has been defeated in the final
following losses in 2004 to Justine Henin and Elena Dementieva in 2008.

Despite
her defeat the Russian, who finished last season ranked outside of the
top 20 for the first time since 2003, is projected to rise to 13 when
the new rankings are published on Monday.

She said: "I just didn't play well. I did too many unforced errors. She played her basic game and didn't have to do much."

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