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Kerber ends Wozniacki’s Danish reign

AFP, COPENHAGEN

Double defending champion Caroline Wozniacki suffered her first defeat at the WTA Copenhagen Open on Sunday when Germany’s Angelique Kerber took her title with a 6-4, 6-4 win.

Top seed Wozniacki had won the first two editions of the indoor hard-court title in 2010 and last year, building up a 14-0 streak in the process.

Kerber, the second seed, had lost her two previous meetings with Denmark’s Wozniacki.

“I felt like I had nothing to lose. If I lost the match, it’s OK against her. It made me take more chances and I’m glad it worked out,” said Kerber, who won her second career WTA title after her maiden triumph in Paris in February. “I love playing here and today I played a really good match against Caroline.”

Wozniacki said she would recover from the defeat.

“You always want to win,” the Dane said. “Yes, it’s disappointing to lose, but it’s not a disaster. You lose matches sometimes, and today was one of those times. There’s a new match and new tournament coming, so you go on.”

BARCELONA OPEN

AP, BARCELONA, SPAIN

Sara Errani of Italy won her third Barcelona Open title in four years after beating third seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in Sunday’s final.

The seventh-seeded Errani needed just over an hour to brush aside Cibulkova on the outdoor clay court where she also won last year and in 2009. Errani was the runner-up in 2010.

Errani took advantage of Cibulkova’s shaky serve and seven double faults to break the Slovak player six times in route to the victory.

“Clay courts are probably better for me than for Cibulkova,” Errani said. “She hits very hard and is very fast, but while she can hit two winners in a row, she can also hit consecutive errors. I knew I had to keep up with her pace, keep the ball deep and be very solid, but also stay aggressive.”

It was Errani’s second WTA title of the year after her triumph in Acapulco, Mexico, in February.

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