Caroline Wozniacki overcomes leg cramps to beat Vera Zvonareva at the at the WTA Sony Ericsson Championships
Caroline Wozniacki defeated Vera Zvonareva, who replaced Dinara Safina, 6-0 6-7 6-4 at the WTA Sony Ericsson Championships to score her second win.
Zvonareva had a dismal start, and was broken in her first four service games. At 3-2 in the second set, she needed a five-minute medical time-out to treat a bleeding nose, and the match looked headed for a quick finish after she lost the next two games at love.
However, Wozniacki allowed her opponent back into the match as Zvonareva won the next three games and then saved two match points when serving at 6-5-the first thanks to a Hawkeye challenge after a line judge ruled that her forehand had gone wide. She clinched the tiebreaker when Wozniacki netted a backhand.
Wozniacki needed two medical time-outs to treat her cramping left thigh in the third set and collapsed to the court sobbing and clutching both legs after netting a forehand at 30-15 in the last game. But she got back up and clinched the win when Zvonareva netted a forehand on the third. wozniacki then broke into tears again and limped toward her chair.
Wozniacki, who needed almost three hours to defeat Victoria Azarenka in her opening match on Wednesday, will next play against Jelena Jankovic.
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