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Sharapova's No. 1 chances hurt with loss

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SINGAPORE (AP) Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month's New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

Wozniacki won 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 to beat Sharapova for the second-straight time, having also won in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Tuesday's result in the round-robin match dealt a major blow to Sharapova's hopes of claiming the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Wozniacki, who has always been regarded as one of the fittest players on tour, said her additional running work in preparation for the marathon had taken her stamina to a new level and also given her added belief in Tuesday's 3 hour, 15-minute match.

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2014 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,510
2 R. Federer 9,080
3 R. Nadal 8,105
4 S. Wawrinka 5,385
5 D. Ferrer 4,585
6 T. Berdych 4,485
7 K. Nishikori 4,355
8 M. Cilic 4,105
9 M. Raonic 3,840
10 A. Murray 3,795
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Rank Player Points
1 S. Williams 7,146
2 M. Sharapova 6,680
3 P. Kvitova 5,597
4 S. Halep 5,403
5 E. Bouchard 4,523
6 A. Radwanska 4,441
7 A. Ivanovic 4,390
8 C. Wozniacki 4,045
9 N. Li 3,970
10 A. Kerber 3,480
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