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Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki beat unseeded French challenger Kristina Mladenovic to take the Hong Kong Open on Sunday after a battle of wills that lasted almost three hours.

Wozniacki of Denmark, seeded fifth in the competition, stormed the first set 6-1 with Mladenovic visibly despondent and limping slightly.

The 23-year-old French woman emerged in the second set with her right leg bandaged and renewed focus, forcing Wozniacki to dive around the court with a combination of drop shots and powerful drives.

The set went to 6-6, with Mladenovic sealing the tie-break 7-4 to go even.

Spectators around the packed stadium flickered paper fans constantly on a hot and humid afternoon, with temperatures at 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Dressed all in green, a determined Wozniacki, 26, finally sealed victory in the third set as a tired Mladenovic was ultimately unable to match the Dane’s power and consistency.

Frequently bending to lean on her racquet between points, the Frenchwoman was in tears as she desperately tried to fight back after Wozniacki took a 5-0 lead.

Wozniacki eventually took the final set 6-2.

“I’m really pleased with my week this week — there was some good tennis and long battles,” Wozniacki told reporters.

The Dane said the final had been a mental battle, as it was unclear to her how badly Mladenovic was hurt.

“It wasn’t easy mentally because sometimes she would look like she couldn’t play, and then she would run like Speedy Gonzalez — clearly it’s not that bad if you can run side to side. There was definitely a mental game. I just happened to win it,” she said.

Wozniacki herself has battled back from injury and has had a resurgent run of form in the past two months, reaching the semi-finals of the US Open and winning the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Still without a Grand Slam title to her name, she said it was her ambition to win one.

“It’s the only thing missing from my CV,” she said.

Wozniacki had downed seventh seed Jelena Jankovic, also a former world number one, to book her final place.

Mladenovic had been aiming for her first WTA title — it was the third time she had made a competition final only to lose.

Venus Williams and current world number one Angelique Kerber went out earlier in the competition.

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