Woz­ni­acki to face Petrova in Sofia fi­nal

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Den­mark's Caro­line Woz­ni­acki will face Rus­sian Na­dia Petrova in the fi­nal of the sea­son-end­ing $750,000 Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons at Sofia's Arena Armeec hall on Sun­day af­ter both came through Satur­day's semis.

Top seed and for­mer No. 1 Woz­ni­acki de­feated eighth­seeded home favourite Tsve­tana Pironkova of Bul­garia 6-4, 6-1 in one hr 33min.

By mak­ing it to the fi­nal, Woz­ni­acki also clinched an end of year top ten rank­ing, mov­ing up from her cur­rent 11th spot above Mar­ion Bar­toli of France, who is not com­pet­ing here. The ver­sa­tile Pironkova put up a tough fight for Woz­ni­acki early on, let­ting the Dane con­vert only one of her four break points in the first set. Woz­ni­acki, how­ever, took full con­trol of the ball in the sec­ond, break­ing Pironkova's serve twice and eas­ily win­ning all her own ser­vice games.

Sec­ond-seeded Rus­sian Na­dia Petrova de­feated fourth­seeded Ital­ian Roberta Vinci 6-7 (8/10), 6-1, 6-4 in 2hr 42min.

Vinci's var­ied rhythm with strong back­hand slices sur­prised Petrova, re­sult­ing in a very evenly-con­tested first set. The Ital­ian man­aged to com- pen­sate a very low rate of suc­cess­ful first ser­vices, 36 per­cent, and did not lose a ser­vice game. Petrova, how­ever, man­aged to save all five of Vinci's break­points. The Rus­sian re­gained con­trol in the sec­ond set against a vis­i­bly ex­hausted Vinci, break­ing her ser­vice twice to romp to one set-all. Vinci got back into the match in the de­cider, strug­gling hard to win her games by sav­ing five break points un­til she fi­nally let the Rus­sian break her in ninth game.

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