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Tamarine, Wozniacki set for good Wimbledon run

HOLDER Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand successfully defended her title by defeating Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Ordina Open in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, yesterday.

The unseeded Tamarine, who defeated Russian world No. 1 Dinara Safina in the semifinals, swiftly took the first set before meeting more resistance from Wickmayer in the second.

But Tamarine, wearing an orange-colored hat, eventually broke Wickmayer's serve in the 12th game of the set to take the match.

"I'd like to congratulate Yanina. You played a great tournament. Definitely, I'm dead at the end. You're making me run so much and playing so well," the world No. 47 said after accepting her trophy.

The performance from Wickmayer, the world No. 72 and Belgium's highest ranked women's player, could lift her ranking towards the top 50, tournament organizers said.

"You really deserve the win, good job," the 19-year-old Wickmayer, who carried a leg injury into the match, told Tamarine.

Later, Benjamin Becker of Germany won the men's title beating Dutchman Raemon Sluiter 7-5, 6-3 in the final.

In Eastbourne, England, Caroline Wozniacki defeated unseeded Virginie Razzano of France 7-6 (5), 7-5 yesterday to win the Aegon International title.

It is the second title of the year for the sixth-seeded Dane after she won in Ponte Vedra Beach, and the fifth of her career.

After upsetting top-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, Razzano was seeking her third career title and her first win over Wozniacki in three meetings.

Wozniacki broke to lead 4-2 when Razzano netted a smash after just one point was dropped on serve in the first five games.

But she failed to serve out the set at 5-3 as Razzano struck a forehand winner to recover the break, before claiming the tiebreaker 7-5 on her fifth set point.

In the second set, Wozniacki broke to lead 1-0, but Razzano leveled at 4-4 after three consecutive breaks from 3-2.

Wozniacki then survived a set point at 5-4 when Razzano netted a backhand, and another backhand error from Razzano gave Wozniacki a decisive break for 6-5.

Dmitry Tursunov of Russia was playing Canadian Frank Dancevic in the men's final.


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