Wozniak Ends 20 Year Drought For Canada
Published August 11, 2012 12:00
MONTRÉAL, Canada - The third round was finally completed at the Rogers Cup early Saturday afternoon, with six more players joining Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova in the quarterfinal line-up of the Premier-level tournament.
Five of the six remaining third round matches never even took the court on Friday - the only one that had was the American-Canadian battle between Christina McHale and Aleksandra Wozniak, which was stopped with Wozniak up 76(5) 52, having rallied from 5-3 and two set points down in the first set; the Québécoise calmly closed it out upon its resumption, 76(5) 63.
"She played really well," McHale said afterwards. "Especially her backhand crosscourt really got me wide on that side. I think I could have played a little bit better during the match, but credit to her because she played very well."
Wozniak is the first Canadian woman to reach the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup since Patricia Hy-Boulais all of 20 years ago, back in 1992.
"Today I just wanted to finish off the match quickly and be able to rest for my next one," Wozniak told reporters afterwards. "I came back and played aggressive and now I'm going to go back and try to recover for the next match.
"I've always come with my friends to watch the best players in the world come to this big tournament - this tournament means a lot to me - so for sure I'm going to come back and be ready to do the best I can tonight."
Other winners were No.2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who rallied from 4-2 down in the second set to close Chanelle Scheepers out in straight sets, 62 64; No.7 seed Caroline Wozniacki, who battled past Varvara Lepchenko in two and a half hours, 46 63 64; No.10 seed Li Na, who eased past No.8 seed Sara Errani, 64 62, her fifth win in five career meetings with the Italian; Roberta Vinci, who came from 5-3 down and saved two set points in the second set tie-break to pull off a 62 76(7) upset over No.6 seed Angelique Kerber; and Tamira Paszek, who eased past Carla Suárez Navarro in 64 minutes, 63 60.
Vinci's win over the No.7-ranked Kerber was her fifth career Top 10 win, her first four coming at 2005 Eastbourne (No.10 Anastasia Myskina), 2005 Luxembourg (No.10 Patty Schnyder), 2009 Tokyo (No.10 Flavia Pennetta) and 2011 Toronto (No.1 Caroline Wozniacki). It was her second-best career win; it also prevented the German from hitting 50 match wins for the season.