Wozniacki Advances To QFs In Istanbul
Published July 16, 2014 12:13
ISTANBUL, Turkey - A day after recording the third 6-0, 6-0 win of her career, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was pushed quite a bit more but managed to reach the quarterfinals of the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup.
After dropping the first set to Karin Knapp, Wozniacki cruised to a 5-0 lead in the second set and eventually won comfortably, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
"She gave me a good fight today," Wozniacki said. "She was competing very well and serving very well. I was a bit low in energy, but I found a way to pull through and am happy that I did."
The first time she won a match 6-0, 6-0, at New Haven in 2009, Wozniacki went on to capture the event, and the second time, at the US Open in 2010, she eventually reached the semifinals.
A week after falling to Stefanie Voegele in straight sets in the second round of Bad Gastein, No.4 seed and WTA Rising Star Elina Svitolina converted on five of six break points in her 52-minute, 6-0, 6-3 second round triumph over the Swiss.
"I played really well today," Svitolina said. "I was putting a lot of pressure on her, and the game plan that my coach gave me worked really well. The conditions were not easy; it was really windy out there, but I am pleased with the way I handled everything after losing to her last week. I am really happy and confident right now."
Mladenovic broke serve five times and saved nine of 10 break points on her own serve in her 6-1, 6-3 triumph over third-seeded Klara Koukalova, in the process advancing to her first WTA quarterfinal since last September.
Schiavone, who also hadn't been to a WTA quarterfinal since September, was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over No.7 seed Bojana Jovanovski.