Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Wozniacki Beats Sharapova in WTA Finals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Wozniacki Beats Sharapova in WTA Finals

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Wozniacki beats Sharapova at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month's New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday in Singapore.

Wozniacki won 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 to beat Sharapova for the second straight time, having also won in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Tuesday's result in the round-robin match dealt a major blow to Sharapova's hopes of claiming the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Wozniacki, who has always been regarded as one of the fittest players on tour, said her additional running work in preparation for the marathon had taken her stamina to a new level and also given her added belief in Tuesday's 3 hour, 15-minute match.

Other tennis * Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 12 aces and saved all five break points he faced as he beat Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday in Basel. Mikhail Kukushkin upset third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3 later Tuesday. ... Tommy Robredo advanced to the second round of the Valencia (Spain) Open by beating fifth-seeded John Isner 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Tuesday.

Golf * Jason Dufner is set to return to tournament play on Thursday at the Perth (Australia) International after missing nearly three months of golf in which he "totally detached" himself from the sport and didn't watch any of the Ryder Cup on television.

Dufner, whose neck injury cost him any chance of earning a qualifying spot for the Ryder Cup, on Tuesday said he was feeling "much better physically ... a little bit rested mentally."

The 2013 U.S. PGA champion is among the Lake Karrinyup Country Club headliners who include fellow major winners Charl Schwartzel and Geoff Ogilvy and European Ryder Cup player Victor Dubuisson. …

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