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By Erik Gudris

Caroline Wozniacki wins the 2012 Korea Open over Kaia Kanepi
(September 23, 2012) -- Top seed Caroline Wozniacki capped off an impressive week at the KDB Korea Open with an equally impressive rout of Kaia Kanepi in the finals.
 
Both women had gotten through tough three set semifinals the other day but the finals proved to be all in favor of Wozniacki who jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first set by playing assertive tennis from the baseline. Kanepi finally held serve for 4-1 and then tested Wozniacki in the next game as both women fired off winners in a multiple deuce game.
 
Kanepi had four break points but Wozniacki fought them all off to hold for 5-1. That seemed to rattle Kanepi who found herself down set point in the next game and it was a misfired backhand from the Estonian that gave Wozniacki the first set 6-1.
 
Wozniacki, who was seeking her first title of the year, didn't let up in she broke Kanepi early for a 2-0 lead. Despite only serving 50% for the match, Wozniacki never faced a break point in the second set and steamrolled her way to a 6-1, 6-0 victory in just over an hour.
 
Seoul is Wozniacki's 19th career title and she wanted to enjoy the moment of winning rather than reflect on how this week will help possibly return to the top ten.
 
"I don't really think about the ranking - I'm just happy I won the tournament," Wozniacki told WTA.com "I want to enjoy it and be positive - so that's what I'm thinking about right now. I want to build up for the next season and hopefully my results this week will help me move forward and get back to playing my best."
 
The doubles title was won by No. 1 seed Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears over Akgul Amanmuradova and Vania King 2-6, 6-2, 10-8.

(File Photo: Caroline Wozniacki at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami; Credit: Mark Howard)

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KDB Korea Open Logo KDB KOREA OPEN

Seoul, South Korea
September 17-23, 2012
$500,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Tournament Website: KDB Korea Open | Live Scores | Draws

RESULTS - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

Singles - Final
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (3) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 61 60

Doubles - Final
(1) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Amanmuradova/King (UZB/USA) 26 62 108 (Match TB)

Final Facts
- Wozniacki wins the 19th WTA title of her career and her first of 2012; her last title came in New Haven last August.
- Wozniacki's win-loss record in finals now stands at 19-11, and 14-7 in hardcourt finals; she now stands fourth among active players for WTA titles won, behind Serena (45) and Venus Williams (43) and Sharapova (27).
- Wozniacki won four of her five matches in straight sets and the final in 62 minutes; her only match to go the distance was a two hour, 24 minute semifinal with Makarova in which she trailed 4-3 in the final set before winning the last three games.
- Wozniacki and Kanepi were meeting for the sixth time; Wozniacki now leads the head-to-head record 4-2. 
- Kanepi falls to 3-4 in WTA finals, and 1-4 in hardcourt finals.
- Kanepi was playing for the first time since Roland Garros, having pulled out of her last 10 tournaments with a bilateral Achilles injury.
- Kops-Jones and Spears win their fourth doubles title together; Kops-Jones now has six WTA doubles titles to her name, while Spears has eight.

Final Quotes
Caroline Wozniacki: "Today I did well at turning defense to offense and offense to defense. That's actually a strength of mine. I want to enjoy it and be positive – so that's what I'm thinking about right now. I want to build up for the next season and hopefully my results this week will help me move forward and get back to playing my best."

Kaia Kanepi: "My season has definitely had its ups and downs because of my injuries, but last year was the same, and my whole career has been a little bit up and down as well. It's nothing new and I'm used to it."
 
Tournament Website: KDB Korea Open | Live Scores | Draws

 

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