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TENNIS

WOZNIACKI FINALLY TAKES DOWN VENUS, WINS WTA FINALS

SINGAPORE — Caroline Wozniacki won the biggest title of her career, defeating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the WTA Finals on Sunday.

The Dane completed the win with a backhand down the line on a second match point for her 60th match win of the season.

Williams, who won the WTA Finals in 2008, had won all seven previous matches against Wozniacki.

"Eight is my lucky number so I was hoping if I was going to beat her at least once in my career, it would be (Sunday)," Wozniacki said. "I just went out there and did my best."

Wozniacki, 27, whose best previous result at the WTA Finals was reaching the 2010 final, raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set before Williams rallied.

"I didn't seem to come up with my best tennis until it was too late," she said. "I'll try to play a little better earlier next time. That might be a good plan."

Wozniacki dropped serve when she was serving for the first set at 5-3, then dropped serve when serving for the match in the seventh and ninth games of the second set. "I'm still shaking," Wozniacki said. "I was up 5-0 and then Venus started upping her game."

Williams, hoping to win a 50th career title, is the only player at this year's WTA Finals who didn't win a title during the season, though the 37-year-old appeared in three finals — Australian Open, Wimbledon, WTA Finals — at the five most prestigious tournaments of the season.

MORE TENNIS: Roger Federer finally beat Juan Martin del Potro in a Swiss Indoors final, winning 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 6-3 to move into second place for most career titles in the Open era (since 1968). His 95th ATP tourney win — the eighth in his hometown Basel event — broke a tie with Ivan Lendl. He trails only Jimmy Connors, who has 109. The top-seeded Federer won on the same court where he lost the 2012 and 2013 finals to del Potro.

SOCCER

Leicester wins debut for new manager

Host Leicester won its first game under new manager Claude Puel, defeating struggling Everton 2-0 in the English Premier League. The recalled Demarai Gray starred as he helped create the first goal for Jamie Vardy before adding a fortuitous second himself.

More Soccer: Girona earned a shock victory over host Real Madrid that was celebrated by many throughout Catalonia. The small Catalan club stunned Madrid, the team of the Spanish establishment, with a 2-1 come-from-behind win in the Spanish league — just days after the wealthy northeastern region declared independence to heighten tensions in a dispute with the central government.

Times wires

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