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Wozniacki Wobbles, Wins

After a slow start, Caroline Wozniacki powered her way into Copenhagen's last eight.

Published August 05, 2010 12:00

Wozniacki Wobbles, Wins
Caroline Wozniacki

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open's first-ever quarterfinal line-up was settled at the Farum Arena on Thursday, but only after tournament darling Caroline Wozniacki gave local fans a scare by losing the first set of her second round match against tricky Iveta Benesova.

First to advance though was sixth-seeded Slovene Polona Hercog, who lost the opening four games of her match against Britain's Anne Keothavong but prevailed in three sets, 46 60 64.

"It was a very slow start from me," admitted Hercog. "Anne was just going for everything and it was really tough to find any rhythm. But I started to improve and it worked out well in the second set - I focused on every point, served well, and moved better. Somehow I managed to level without losing a game."

The 19-year-old carried her momentum into a competitive third set, winning an eighth game on the trot to build a 2-0 lead. But Keothavong retrieved the break, ensuring the contest would go down to the wire.

"I was hoping to keep that break for the rest of the match, but I didn't use my chances in the third game and I made it a bit difficult for myself," said Hercog. "But it's great to be in the quarters, especially on hardcourts, because normally I prefer clay."

Next up for Hercog is the player who beat her in the semifinals at Portoroz two weeks ago, qualifier Anna Chakvetadze. After that victory the 23-year-old former world No.5 duly went on to capture her first title in more than two years; today she continued her renaissance with a straightforward win over fellow Russian Anna Lapushchenkova, 63 64.

Check out photos from the player party at Copenhagen's famous Tivoli!

Also winning through to the last eight - for the second time in two weeks - was Sorana Cirstea. The 20-year-old Romanian wore down Slovenian veteran Katarina Srebotnik in three sets, 75 46 62, and will play No.7 seed Klara Zakopalova in the quarters.

Wozniacki, meanwhile, lines up against Julia Goerges, who like Zakopalova secured her quarterfinal berth on Wednesday.

Against Czech lefty Benesova the Danish world No.3 took a while to warm to her task, but was buoyed by a supportive night session crowd.

"She started really well and I didn't get too many serves in, and that put me under pressure from the beginning," Wozniacki said after her 46 62 60 win. "In the second and third sets I served much better, so I could dictate the points a little more." Indeed, in the decider the 20-year-old reeled off 14 points in a row - enough to carry her from 2-0 to 5-0. The stretch included three aces in one game.

The $220,000 tournament's other quarterfinal features No.2 seed Li Na against Angelique Kerber, who is seeded eighth.

Goerges, who won her first Tour singles title at Bad Gastein two weeks ago, is also through to the doubles semis with fellow German Anna-Lena Groenefeld. On Friday the top seeds face Ipek Senoglu and Renata Voracova.

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