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By Erik Gudris

Nadia Petrova Sofia WTA (November 4, 2012) -- With both women having found some of their best success late in the season, it was fitting that both Nadia Petrova and Caroline Wozniacki faced each other in the finals of the last big WTA event of the year at the Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Though Wozniacki came into the mach holding a 4-1 lifetime record over Petrova, it was the Russian who showed she was more than ready to take on the former No. 1 in today's finals. Petrova saved both break points against her serve in the first set while Wozniacki dropped serve only once. But that was enough for Petrova to hold on and take the set 6-2.

Petrova, who served 63% first serves for the match, didn't face a break point at all in the second set while her heavy groundstrokes allowed her to break Wozniacki early on. Wozniacki, dealing with a sore left calf muscle, couldn't muster enough resistance as Petrova ran away with the match 6-2, 6-1 in just under 90 minutes.

The Sofia title caps off one of the best seasons ever for the 30-year old Petrova who is now back inside the top 15 of the WTA singles rankings. She, along with her doubles partner Maria Kirilenko, also found great success in 2012 winning a bronze medal at the Summer Games as well as winning the WTA Championships in Istanbul a few weeks ago.

Despite today's loss, the week was still a success for Wozniacki as she will now finish the season in the top 10.


(Photo Credit: AP)

 

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