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Wozniacki Wins, Nadal Loses in Three

Caroline Wozniacki survived a tough test from Elena Dementieva to win her sixth title of the season at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan. After losing the first set in a shockingly lopsided way, she rallied to beat the Russian 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.  With this newest addition to her already impressive results from the year, Wozniacki inches closer to claiming the top world ranking from an ailing Serena Williams. Next, Wozniacki needs to make the Beijing quarterfinals next week to claim the number one position.

Previously, I had predicted that Dementieva would win handily given her strong performance throughout the tournament. Plus, Wozniacki seemed shaky against Victoria Azarenka. Regardless, there’s a reason why the 20-year-old Dane is typically all smiles.

In other news, Rafael Nadal squandered an early lead in his match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the world’s 53rd-ranked player, in the semifinals of the Thailand Open. Nadal lost 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3. The tournament, his first since claiming a career Grand Slam at the US Open, could have been his seventh victory of the year. Nadal’s major undoing: He converted only two of 26 break-point chances.

Nadal will next play at the Shangai Masters, where I see him regaining his form and showing the best in the world why he belongs at the top of the rankings.

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