Safina triumphs in Madrid


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:29

Top seed Safina, following on from her success in Rome last week, was simply too good for number nine Wozniacki and powered her way to a 6-2 6-4 win.

The 22-year-old Safina, who had never before played Wozniacki either in a match or even in practice, said: “I think the match was pretty good, I was feeling very confident from the beginning of the match. I was trying to play as aggressively as I could and put her under pressure.”

She added: “I got a little bit tired by the end of the match but even at the crucial moments I was dominant.

“It was quite a close match because I gave her some chances and there were some chances I didn’t take. I might have been in trouble if she’d taken them,” added Safina, playing her fifth final of 2009.

The consolation for Wozniacki, who failed to take any of her five break points in the final, is that she will become the first Dane to enter the top 10 of the world rankings when the new list is released tomorrow.

The 18-year-old, who last year became the first Danish player to get into the top 20, has now set her sights on the number one position.

“That’s my goal,” she said. “I take it one step at a time and now I’m top 10 so I have nine spots left to go.”


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