Tennis – Wozniacki’s Singapore hopes hit after Beijing exit

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Caroline Wozniacki’s hopes of qualifying for the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore took a hit after she crashed out of the China Open.

Australian Samantha Stosur showed flashes of her old brilliance to beat Wozniacki 6-4 7-6(9) in their second round encounter.

Wozniacki needed to win the Beijing title to definitely qualify for Singapore but was troubled by the sharp-serving Stosur, who broke her in the seventh game to claim the first set and saved five set points in the tie-break before closing it out.

Wozniacki can still qualify for Singapore this week, if Angelique Kerber does not reach the quarter-finals and Ekaterina Makarova falls before the final.

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