wins the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open title against
World No.1 Dinara
Safina claimed the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open title
with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki.
Top seeded Safina played an aggressive match, absorbing
Wozniackis consistent ground stroking and picking
her moments to attack.
The Russian broke No.9 seeded Wozniackis serve
three times and was unbroken herself during the one hour,
50-minute match, saving all five of the break points the
Dane held against her serve.
It was Safina's
third-consecutive clay court final and her second title
for the season, the Muscovite having reached the final in
Stuttgart two weeks ago and won in Rome last week.
"I was confident from the beginning," said
Safina following the final. "I tried to be
aggressive from the start and it paid off for me.
"It was quite a close match because I gave her some
chances and there were some chances I didn't take. I
might have been in trouble if she'd taken them.
"I had chances for a double break in the second set
and I didn't take them but overall I think
I controlled the
Safina complimented her Danish opponent saying,"
She's a great player, she's young and she has time to
improve. Caroline can be very dangerous in the
And she said she loved being No.1 in the world.
"Since the beginning it was my dream to be the best
player so once I got the ranking I was ready for it. Now
I am the No.1 player I am playing better and
better," she said.
Wozniacki remained positive following her defeat.
"I've enjoyed my week here," said the 18-year
old who was playing in her second clay court final for
the year having won the title at Ponte Vedre Beach.