Petrova thrashes Wozniacki

  • Last Updated: November 5 2012, 8:12 GMT

Nadia Petrova needed less than an hour and a half to see off Caroline Wozniacki and win the Tournament of Champions in Sofia.

Nadia Petrova with her impressive trophy

The experienced Russian secured her third singles title of the season in Bulgaria, beating the top seed 6-2 6-1.

It was her second win of a strong end to the year - she beat Agnieskza Radwanska in Tokyo at the end of September - and her first against Wozniacki in four attempts.

But for as disappointing as the Dane was over the course of the 87 minutes on court, her form throughout the week has earned her a return to the top 10 in the new rankings which will be released on Monday.

The former world number one could not live with Petrova, though, taking less than half of the points on her own serve and neither of the break points that went her way. Petrova snaffled five from eight.

The champion said: "I had some long matches before this, so I had to keep this one to two sets. I didn't really have so much left in my tank, so I had to play smart and keep the points short.

"Caroline's a great mover and so consistent, so I mixed it up and kept her guessing so that she didn't know what was coming from my side."

The former world number three added the victory would give her confidence for the 2013 campaign: "This is a great accomplishment and a great way to finish the season.

"I cannot say I'm playing my best right now, but I'm definitely going in the right direction. I'm trying to bring the good years back right now though. Hopefully with the preparation I'm doing in the off-season for next year, you'll be able to see the old Petrova."


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