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Stosur goes down in Moscow final

Updated October 22, 2012 17:13:19

Third seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark won the WTA Kremlin Cup on Sunday, beating Australian top seed Samantha Stosur in the final.

Former world number one Wozniacki won 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 for her 20th career title and second this year to level her head-to-head record with ninth-ranked Stosur at 3-3.

Wozniacki, currently 11th in the world, broke early for a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Stosur broke back in the fifth game but failed to level as the Dane produced two more breaks to take the opening set in 37 minutes.

Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, fought back in the second set to level at one set all after one hour 20 minutes on court.

The 28-year-old Australian started the deciding set with an immediate break to grab the 2-0 lead but Wozniacki broke back in the sixth to level at three games all.

In the 12th game Wozniacki made the deciding break to win the set and the match in two hours, 13 minutes when Stosur, who survived two match points, sent the ball off the court with a forehand cross.

"It was a tough match and it could have gone either way," Wozniacki said in Russian after the match.

"You win some, I win some, but that's sport," she said to Stosur.

Wozniacki received a silver trophy and a $122,000 cheque, while runner-up Stosur pocketed $66,250.

Italian second seed Andreas Seppi came from behind to beat Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the men's final.

Bellucci, seeded fourth, twice served for the match in the second set, but Seppi fought back to force a tiebreak.

The world number 25 then secured a key break midway through the final set before claiming his second title of the year.


Tags: tennis, sport, russian-federation, australia

First posted October 21, 2012 22:33:36

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