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Wozniacki wins in straight sets in Dubai

Feb. 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki posted a solid straight-set win Wednesday in a second-round match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Wozniacki defeated Simona Halep 6-2, 6-3 behind a service game in which she won nearly 70 percent of the points.

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She broke open the first set by winning the last four games and then took the first three of the second set. Halep managed a pair of breaks to keep close but Wozniacki had three in the set and five on the day in the win.

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, 17-0 on the year, withdrew because of an ankle injury suffered last week at Qatar. She was to have played her first match in Dubai Wednesday. The tournament earlier lost world No. 3 Petra Kvitova, who withdrew because of illness.

Sabine Lisicki took Kvitova's place in the draw and posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Iveta Benesova Wednesday. However, Julia Goerges wiped out Azarenka's place-holder, Casey Dellacqua, 6-0, 6-2 in 45 minutes.

Fourth-seeded Samantha Stosur topped Lucie Safarova 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 and No. 5-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Shahar Peer while eighth-seeded Jelena Jankovic beat Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2.

Also Wednesday, Daniela Hantuchova advanced over Peng Shuai 7-5, 6-2 and Ana Ivanovic got by Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

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