Wozniacki & McHale's New Haven Rematch

World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki snapped her losing streak. Next is the player who beat her last week.

Published August 23, 2011 12:00

Wozniacki & McHale's New Haven Rematch
Caroline Wozniacki

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki rebounded from a mid-summer slump at the New Haven Open at Yale on Tuesday, rolling past Polona Hercog in her first match of the week at the Premier tournament.

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Wozniacki, who had lost opening matches at Toronto and Cincinnati in the last two weeks, was on a completely different page this time, breaking away from 3-all with nine straight games to close out the aggressive Slovenian, 63 60.

Next up for Wozniacki will be none other than her conqueror over in Cincinnati, Christina McHale. McHale, a wildcard in this week's draw, had taken out No.6 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday and on Tuesday rolled past Spanish lucky loser Carla Suárez Navarro, 62 62, to set up the rematch.

"I played pretty solid," McHale said. "Carla has a really good backhand, so I was trying to get her moving on that side, not just stand in one spot hitting it."

McHale was asked about the looming Wozniacki rematch. "I just found out about it so I haven't had too much time to think about it, but I'm excited to play her again," she said. "Last week I served well, moved well, and got to a lot. I'm just going to play my game and not worry about what she might be changing."

Read more about Wozniacki and McHale's match in Cincinnati here.

Elsewhere, No.3 seed Francesca Schiavone won her second round match against Monica Niculescu, 62 61, while No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic led 3-1 in the third but ended up losing her first round match against Elena Vesnina, 64 26 64. Jankovic actually won more points than Vesnina in the match, 96-95. The Serb played the finals of Cincinnati two days earlier (read more here).

At night, Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska surprised No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 64 57 63, seemingly on her way to a straight set victory as she led 64 31, but after Radwanska rallied to take the second set, Cetkovska closed it out in the third. Cetkovska is now 3-0 lifetime against Radwanska.

"I was able to keep up with her and then make some good aggressive shots," Cetkovska said in her press conference. "There were some key moments at the beginning of the third set - losing the second set after being up 3-1 was difficult, so I really had to keep fighting and focusing at that moment, and it worked out.

"This was also only my second night session on the WTA. My first one was a few years ago against Hantuchova at Indian Wells."

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