Seeds March Into QFs
Published April 07, 2010 12:00
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, USA - Aleksandra Wozniak kept hopes of back-to-back finals at the MPS Group Championships alive on Wednesday, outlasting Japanese wildcard Ayumi Morita for a place in the quarterfinals. Next up for the Canadian sixth seed is No.3 seed Dominika Cibulkova, while top seed Caroline Wozniacki and fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also won through.
Though far from a perfect display, Wozniak could take particular satisfaction in her win at the Sawgrass Country Club; following on from her first round defeat of US wildcard Sloane Stephens, it marked the first time this year that the 22-year-old has won two matches in a row on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
In the third set, Wozniak won just one-of-seven points off her second serve, but across the match she compensated by converting five of six break point opportunities on Morita's serve, while fending off five of nine chances against her own delivery.
Cibulkova's ride on the green clay was smoother, the 20-year-old Slovak pocketing a routine win over Alla Kudryavtseva, 63 63. Defending champion Wozniacki was also little troubled in her Scandinavian derby against Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson, winning 63 61. Feisty US qualify Bethanie Mattek-Sands pushed Pavlyuchenkova to three sets before the Russian prevailed on her sixth match point, 76(4) 46 62.
"She played some really good, aggressive points when I had match point, so it wasn't my mistakes," Pavlyuchenkova said. "It's a bit frustrating, because you want to finish the match, especially one like today. We played so long."
Melanie Oudin headline's the evening session on Thursday as she takes on China's Peng Shuai for a place in the last eight. Other second round matches still to be played include Georgian qualifier Anna Tatishvili against Olga Govortsova, who dispatched No.2 seed Alona Bondarenko in the first round.