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By Nick Georgandis
TennisNow.com

It was just an exhibition, but the No. 2 player in the world, Vera Zvonareva, made sure that the only player ranked above her left Hong Kong with a clear message on Saturday.

Zvonareva destroyed No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-0 in a match that lasted just 56 minutes as 3,600 fans watched at Victoria Park stadium. Ten unforced errors in the first set quickly doomed Wozniacki, who took the No. 1 ranking in the world last September despite not winning any of the Grand Slams.

The match was part of a larger exhibition featuring four three-player teams, one each from Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asia-Pacific, known as the Hong Kong Tennis Classic World Challenge.

Earlier in the day, the American doubles team of Venus Williams and John McEnroe teamed up to beat the Asia Pacific duo of Mark Philippoussis and Zhang Ling, 6-2, 7-6 to win the consolation silver group final.

It was the first time on court together for the 30-year-old Williams, who owns seven Grand Slams, and McEnroe, who took seven during his 15-year career. It also allowed Williams to gain a measure of respect back after being slammed by Zvonareva and China's Na Li earlier in the week.

 

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