Wozniacki rallies to beat Dementieva

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Tokyo, Japan - Top-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki overcame a slow start to beat former champion Elena Dementieva of Russia in Saturday's final at the $2 million Toray Pan Pacific Open.

The former U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki dropped six of the seven games in the first set before rallying to post a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Wozniacki appeared in her 18th career final and secured her 11th championship. She also improved to 5-1 in her 2010 finales.

"Elena started really strong. I didn't get enough depth on my groundstrokes, but in the beginning of the second set I pressed a little harder," Wozniacki said. "I started to feel the match was turning around a little bit but I still had to keep my focus in the third set and I'm just happy I won the last point."

The 20-year-old Wozniacki can supplant Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings with a quarterfinal appearance in Beijing next week.

The seventh-seeded Dementieva had captured this Tokyo tournament back in 2006.

"I feel I played very well in the first set and unfortunately I missed some opportunities in the beginning of the second set and lost a bit of momentum," Dementieva said. "She was fighting and playing solid from the baseline and I'm disappointed the way I finished the match but overall it was a good fight."


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