For­mer cham­pion Woz­ni­acki ad­vances to Pan Pa­cific quar­ter­fi­nals

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

For­mer cham­pion Caro­line Woz­ni­acki out­lasted fourth­seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 to ad­vance to the Pan Pa­cific Open quar­ter­fi­nals yes­ter­day.

Woz­ni­acki won four of five break points in the nearly three­hour match at Ari­ake Col­lo­seum.

"We played for such a long time and ... the stan­dard was very high," Woz­ni­acki said. "Luck­ily, I'm the one here, and I'm happy to get through."

Woz­ni­acki, who won the ti­tle in 2010 and reached the fi­nal in 2014, looked set for a com­fort­able win but Suarez Navarro reeled off four straight games to take the sec­ond set.

A sud­den rain de­lay at the start of the third set took the mo­men­tum away from Suarez Navarro as the Spa­niard dou­ble-faulted to slip a break be­hind.

Woz­ni­acki served out, and will meet ei­ther Yu­lia Putint­seva or Magda Linette in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Sec­ond-seeded Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska also faced a ma­jor chal­lenge but pre­vailed over Barbora Strycova of the Czech Repub­lic 63, 3-6, 7-5.

Rad­wan­ska will next face Mon­ica Puig, who ral­lied to up­set 2013 cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The Puerto Ri­can, who also beat Kvi­tova on her way to be­com­ing the Rio de Janeiro Olympic cham­pion, re­cov­ered from 4-2 down in the fi­nal set. She saved 10 of 13 break points.

Ja­panese wild card Naomi Osaka beat sixth-seeded Do­minika Cibulkova of Slo­vakia 62, 6-1 to set up a quar­ter­fi­nal with ei­ther Karolina Pliskova or Ali­ak­san­dra Sasnovich.

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