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Wozniacki wins another title, and racks up a few more points.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki took advantage of Olga Gorvotsova’s numerous mistakes and successfully defended her title in the MPS Group Championships with a 6-2, 7-5 victory Sunday.

Gorvotsova, who had 41 unforced errors, committed five of her eight double faults in the first set, but then jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set against the second-ranked player in the world.

The unseeded Gorvotsova, who knocked off No. 2 seed Alona Bondarenko and third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova to reach the final, led 5-4 in the second and lost a pair of set points, including a backhander into the net aimed at an open court.

The game lasted 22 points and she lost on a double fault.

“I think that broke her a little bit,” Wozniacki said. “At 5-all I had the advantage that point.”

Gorvotsova, who was chasing her first title, agreed.

“I got a little tired after that,” she said.

Wozniacki won $37,000.

“I took the chances I believed that I could go for it a little more when I had my opportunity,” Wozniacki said. “It was important for me that I was the one opening the court and I was the one dictating the points.”

She said she was pleased with where her game is.

“I know I belong,” she said. “I’ve got to believe I can do it and if someone wants to beat me they have to play very well.”


Melanie Oudin struggles past Shuai Peng.

The day’s longest game of the day saw Melanie Oudin oust China’s Shuai Peng 2-6 7-5 7-5 in two hours, 27 minutes.

Peng had three break points in the 11th game of the second set to set up the chance to serve out for a two-set success.

However Oudin won the set and took control of the game in the closing stages of the decider.

Fourth-seed Elena Vesnina moved into the quarter-finals of the MPS Group Championships at Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Russian saw off Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-3 6-2, rallying strongly in blustery conditions at the Florida venue after slipping 3-2 behind early in the contest.

Belorussian Olga Govortsova was too strong for Georgian qualifier Anna Tatishvili, winning 6-2 6-2 to set up a clash against America’s Varvara Lepchenko.

Lepchenko, competing as a lucky loser after seventh-seed Virginie Razzano withdrew with a foot injury, was a convincing 6-1 6-1 conqueror of Germany’s Angelique Kerber.


new home for women’s event.


After 29 years at Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida, the tournament
moves in 2009 to its new home at Sawgrass Country Club just 20 minutes Southeast
of Jacksonville in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Situated on 1,250 acres
adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of Sawgrass Country Club and
Ponte Vedra Beach is unmatched.

Ranked among the nation’s 50 best tennis destinations by Tennis magazine,
Sawgrass Racquet Club is transformed during tournament week to accommodate
the 45,000+ tennis fans looking to experience world-class women’s professional
tennis at this intimate venue. Players compete on three match courts including a
3,800+ seat Stadium Court which brings fans as close to the action as possible.

The MPS Group Championships returns to Northeast Florida with a new home at Sawgrass Country Club
in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, April 6


dokic heads to n. florida for mps group tourney.

dokic-17Tournament officials announced today the addition of Sania Mirza and Jelena Dokic to its 32 main draw singles field. Mirza and Dokic will join Nadia Petrova, Patty Schnyder, Virginie Razzano and Caroline Wozniacki as The MPS Group Championships takes to the courts April 6 – 12 at the oceanfront community of Sawgrass Country Club, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

“Our player field is growing stronger. It is also shaping up with a great mix of veterans
and rising stars which reflects the international flavor of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour,” stated John Arrix. “Both Mirza and Dokic have enjoyed rewarding Tour careers. The tournament is especially excited to have Jelena Dokic enter who is making a
successful comeback on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.”

2009 Pattaya City singles finalist, Sania Mirza is back to her strong ground game
after having missed over half of 2008 due to a right wrist injury. The week prior to her
Pattaya City final showing, Mirza became India’s third – and first female – Grand Slam champion, by winning the Australian Open mixed doubles with mentor and partner, Mahesh Bhupathi.

Former No. 4 in the world, Jelena Dokic, is on the road to an impressive career comeback. Having entered the Australian Open Ranked No. 187 in the world, Dokic knocked out
three seeds before succumbing to Safina in a hard fought three-set quarterfinal match.
Her determined play pushed Dokic inside the Top 100 for the first time since 2004.
Equally impressive is the fact that this was just her second appearance in a major in
five years. Dokic owns five singles trophies, and is a four-time doubles title winner.
Dokic is currently Ranked No. 80 in the world.

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