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Wozniacki seals top spot as Sharapova exits

sports Updated: Oct 28, 2011 02:26 IST
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Caroline Wozniacki celebrated in defeat on Wednesday after injured Russian Maria Sharapova's withdrawal from the season-ending WTA Championships made sure the Dane would end the year as world number one.

Wozniacki lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to Russian Vera Zvonareva but with Sharapova already packing her bags for home, the loss in her second round-robin match in the Sinan Erdem Dome did nothing to weaken her grip on the top ranking she has enjoyed for 36 weeks.

Wozniacki, 21, now faces Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Thursday.

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