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Wozniacki vs Kvitova in Hopman Cup

The scene is set for an early season blockbuster, after World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki and her rival Petra Kvitova both notched singles wins at the Hopman Cup yesterday.

The top two players in women's tennis, drawn to face each other on Friday, both remained unbeaten in singles at the mixed teams tournament.

Wozniacki battled past the 46th-ranked Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets and more than two hours on the court, while Kvitova breezed past American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Kvitova, who trails Wozniacki by 115 points in the rankings and is poised to claim the No 1 spot within weeks. Kvitova played down the rankings part.

"It will be a nice match for the people," said Kvitova. "It is a good test, but it is still preparation at the beginning of the season." Wozniacki said: "She's a good player and hits the ball hard."

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