Wozniacki wins third straight Pilot Pen

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Caroline Wozniacki won her third consecutive Pilot Pen Tennis title Saturday by pulling out a three-set victory over Nadia Petrova.

The world No. 2 Wozniacki took the 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Petrova in a little more than two hours. Petrova fired 12 aces but committed six double-faults and was more inconsistent with her serve. Wozniacki, meanwhile, won 67 percent of first-serve points.

"Today was especially tough because yesterday I finished really late," Wozniacki said. "In the second set Nadia started hitting some nice winners, and she broke my serve straight away. I just needed to keep focused."

The Dane has won two tournaments in a row, having taken the title in Montreal, and heads into the U.S. Open with a lot of momentum. Wozniacki, the U.S. Open runner-up in 2009, is the top seed for this year's edition, which starts Monday in New York.

Saturday's title was the fourth of the year for Wozniacki and the 10th of her career.

"It was a good match and I'm happy to reach the final here," Petrova said. "Caroline is very good on the defensive. My game is trying to step in and try to go to the net, but she didn't give me many opportunities to do that."

The eighth-seeded Petrova, meanwhile, was seeking her 10th championship and first since 2008. She fell to 1-3 lifetime against Wozniacki, and 0-3 this year.

Wozniacki earned $98,500 for the victory in the $600,000 tune-up event.


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