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Wozniacki beats McIlroy to the winner’s circle on Sunday


Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after her victory against Roberta Vinci of Italy in their Istanbul Cup women’s singles final. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

Sure, Caroline Wozniacki had a head start, with her championship match being played in Istanbul, as opposed to the outskirts of Liverpool. But assuming she was paying any attention to former fiance Rory McIlroy’s win at the British Open, it must have been pretty sweet for her to do so while basking in the afterglow of her own title.

Wozniacki thrashed Roberta Vinci, 6-1, 6-1, today to win the Istanbul Open. It was her first title of the year, a year which began with her and McIlroy newly engaged, having done so on New Year’s Eve. However, McIlroy broke things off in May, even as wedding invitations were on their way to would-be guests. Then, to make matters worse, McIlroy won the next tournament he entered, while Wozniacki lost in the first round of the French Open.

Overall, Wozniacki has had a relatively rough season — the world No. 1 in 2010 and 2012, she dropped as low as 18 this year and arrived in Istanbul ranked 15th — but she has had a pretty decent excuse. So this win had to feel especially nice.

I’d point out that McIlroy’s win came in a Grand Slam event, giving him three of those, while Wozniacki has yet to win a single Slam, but let’s not ruin her mood, shall we?

Des writes for the Early Lead and the D.C. Sports Bog, scouring the Web to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. He also covers fantasy football, as well as fitness topics for the MisFits.
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