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Stosur shocks world No. 1 Wozniacki

AIMING FOR THE TOP:The Australian took the game to Caroline Wozniacki in a dominant display, while Vera Zvonareva kept her hopes of becoming world No. 1 alive

Reuters, DOHA

Vera Zvonareva of Russia serves to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their match at the International Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha on Wednesday.

PHOTO: EPA

Samantha Stosur’s stunned world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 at the WTA Championships on Wednesday, while Vera Zvonareva and Kim Clijsters also claimed group stage wins.

Australian Stosur had too much pace and power for Wozniacki, who needs one more win in Doha to secure the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Stosur opened her Maroon Group campaign on Tuesday with a straight sets win over Francesca Schiavone, and she produced another dominant display at the Khalifa Tennis Complex.

The first set went on serve until the 10th game when Stosur’s relentless pressure paid off.

With Wozniacki’s serve lacking her customary zip, Stosur pressed home the advantage and forced the Dane into a weak lob that she put away to win 6-4.

In the second set, Stosur continued to take the game to Wozniacki, who began to show signs of frustration.

The 20-year-old Dane had a glimmer of hope at 3-5 when Stosur double faulted twice, but the Australian held her nerve and closed out the set for the win.

Zvonareva, who could still snatch the world No. 1 ranking from Wozniacki, beat Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-4 to claim her second White Group win of the tournament.

After an uninspired opening, punctuated by a bizarre breakdancing interlude on the purple-colored court following the second changeover, Zvonareva’s superior groundstrokes began to tell as Azarenka became increasingly erratic and emotional.

The 21-year-old from Belarus squandered a glorious chance to break in the eighth game, letting out a deafening shriek of frustration.

The first set went to a tiebreak. Zvonareva breaking immediately to jump out to an early lead and despite struggling on her own serve, she wrapped it up 7-4.

In the second set, Zvonareva had Azarenka on the back foot, arrowing backhands to the corners and consistently finding her target.

At 5-4 down, Azarenka saved two match points, but she netted a weak forehand on the third to hand victory to the Russian.

Clijsters also got her campaign in Doha off to a good start with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Jelena Jankovic in another White Group clash.

Taking the first set in 25 minutes, the Belgian stuttered on serve but treated the crowd to a shot-making masterclass.

At 2-2 in the second, Jankovic let a 40-15 lead slip with a catalog of unforced errors.

With Clijsters leading 5-3, Jankovic double-faulted on a third match point to hand the Belgian victory.

ST PETERSBURG OPEN

AP, ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Fourth-seed Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan crashed out of the St Petersburg Open singles tournament yesterday, losing in straight sets to Dmitry Tursunov of Russia.

The unseeded California-based Russian claimed the first set 6-1 in only 20 minutes and although the Taiwanese No. 1 put up a better show in the second set he couldn’t prevent the world No. 264 from wrapping up the victory by taking the second set 6-4.

In other second round action yesterday, Illya Marchenko of Ukraine beat Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk 6-4, 6-4.

Eighth-seed Victor Hanescu of Romanian downed American Rajeev Ram 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-3 and there were straight sets victories for Benjamin Becker of Germany and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr.

OPEN SUD DE FRANCE

AP, MONTPELLIER, FRANCE

Fifth-seeded John Isner of the US moved to 999 aces for the season as he edged out French qualifier Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the second round of the Open Sud de France on Wednesday.

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