Vera Zvonareva worked her way to the victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the last match of the second day of the WTA Championships which finished close to midnight local time. Despite the loss, Wozniacki is now certain to stay No.1 when the year-end rankings are released, as Maria Sharapova withdrew from the tournament.
Zvonareva raced to a 4-0 lead and soon after to victory in the first set by taking the last, eighth game of the set to love. Zvonareva hit 18 winners to Wozniacki's only three, and nine unforced errors to Wozniacki's five.
The second set went with serve until 5-4 when Zvonareva served to prevent the decider. With an ace the Russian saved Wozniacki's first break/set point, but on the third she succumbed and the persevering Wozniacki was closer to her 64th victory of the year. Compare with the first set, in the second Zvonareva made 26 unforced errors!
Discouragement didn't get to Zvonareva and she made a 4-1 lead in the third set, and except for Wozniacki's brief comeback to 4-3, Zvonareva finished the match by breaking Wozniacki's serve in the final game to love. Score: 6-2 4-6 6-3.
During the Wozniacki vs. Zvonareva match and soon after Maria Sharapova's second disappointing loss at the 2011 WTA Championships, it was announced that the Russian withdrew from the tournament with left ankle sprain and that Marion Bartoli will be her replacement. Sharapova's chances of advancing to the semifinals were very slim anyway. (photos: © Neal Trousdale, Tony)