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Lisicki claims maiden WTA Tour title

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  • Breakthrough triumph for rising young German star Sabine Lisicki
  • Final opponent Caroline Wozniacki could not repeat form of day before
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(CNN) -- Germany's Sabine Lisicki claimed her maiden WTA Tour title with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Danish fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the $1 million Family Circle Cup in South Carolina.

Lisicki overpowered a tired Wozniacki in the Charleston final.

Lisicki overpowered a tired Wozniacki in the Charleston final.

The 16th-seeded Lisicki will go into the European clay court season with confidence high after a superb week in Charleston which saw her knock out Venus Williams in the third round.

Defending champion Serena Williams did not contest the tournament through injury, leaving the way clear for some of the sport's rising young stars to battle it out for the title.

18-year-old Wozniacki had put out top seed Elena Dementieva in a epic near three-hour semifinal but could not repeat that magic in the final.

Wozniacki had won their previous meeting, but had no answer to her big-serving opponent who blasted eight aces on the green clay.

The Dane was seeking her second straight title after winning at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida, but was always struggling for a repeat.

She saved six match points as Lisicki made hard work of closing out victory at the prestigious tournament.

"I really couldn't believe I won, because I didn't use my first match points," she told the official Tour Web site www.sonyericssontour.com

"When I finally won -- I don't know which match point it was, seventh, eighth, it felt like 30th - I was so happy," she added.

Lisicki, a year older than her opponent, will move into the top 50 in the world after her triumph.

In other WTA action on Sunday, Roberta Vinci of Italy won the title in Barcelona with a 6-0 6-4 win over defending champion and sixth seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia.

Vinci took just over an hour to complete an easy victory and claim her second tour title.

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