No. 1 Wozniacki takes first title of year

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Caroline Wozniacki earned her first singles title of 2011, beating an error-prone Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in the Dubai Championships final Sunday.

The Dane, who will retake the No. 1 ranking from Kim Clijsters today, was never seriously threatened by the 23rd-ranked Kuznetsova. The Russian still moves up to 11th in the rankings.

Wozniacki, who didn't drop a set during the week on her way to winning her 13th career title, showed off a more aggressive style that included repeated forays to the net in the first set that helped her race to a 2-0 lead. She closed out the set by winning the final four games as Kuznetsova was hurt by missed volleys and erratic shots sent long and wide.

"I definitely went for my shots," Wozniacki said on court after her victory. "It's paying off now. I'm definitely playing better than I have been before."

Wozniacki again took the initiative in the second set, going up 3-1.

"I felt really good out there today," Wozniacki said. "I felt like I was hitting the ball well, clean, and I could really stay aggressive today. I knew I had to because if Svetlana is allowed to stay and dictate, she's just too strong."

Kuznetsova, who came back from a set down to beat French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and Tsvetana Pronkova on her way to the final, conceded she didn't have her best game Sunday.

"I just didn't play well. I did too many unforced errors," Kuznetsova said. "She played a basic game and didn't have to do much. I was just making so many unforced errors."

Regions Morgan Keegan Championships

At Memphis, Tenn., Andy Roddick won the 30th title of his career in his 50th final, finishing off a thrilling 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 7-5 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

Roddick polished off the 2-hour, 36-minute match by diving to put his racket on the ball for a winner down the line that broke the 20-year-old Raonic for the victory.

The top-seeded Roddick becomes the eighth American with at least 30 titles, only three behind the late Arthur Ashe. He also has at least one title in 11 straight years, something only Roger Federer has done among active players.

"I think I was very fortunate. I feel like I got outplayed, I just stuck around and kept trying," Roddick said. "What a memorable 30th victory for me. I couldn't be happier to do it in Memphis."

Roddick picked up the $264,000 winner's check, his third in Memphis.

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