Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko saved a match point to score a third straight win over former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki and reach the quarterfinals at the J&T Banka Prague Open.
WTA Staff

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Jelena Ostapenko won a topsy-turvy three-setter to survive a late charge from former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(5) and advance into the quarterfinals of the J&T Banka Prague Open.

"I played here in Prague a lot when I was young," she said after the match. "I have great memories. I even understand a bit Czech, but I can say only a few words. For example, I can say, 'Thank you.'"

Wozniacki was aiming to make a long-awaited return to the Top 10 had she reached the semifinals, but was in for a long day against nemesis Ostapenko, who also preempted her accession with a win at the Volvo Car Open four weeks ago.

"I have already defeated her for couple of times and so I was probably the more confident one this time. But today’s match was definitely the hardest one. We played in different conditions and I don’t really like slow surface."

The first set featured nine breaks of serve, where Wozniacki held off her surging opposition to ease ahead on her third set point.

Ostapenko recovered from losing her first set against the Dane in emphatic style, breaking twice to level the match after some encouragement from on-court coach and clay court specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Looking to wrap up the match on serve, the 19-year-old held three match points at 5-3 in the third, only to see the No.2 seed save all three en route to winning three games on the bounce, holding a match point of her own at 5-6.

"I'm so glad I defeated Caroline one more time. I did not know what to expect. It was a tough match. First I had a match ball, then she had one and then it turned around several times. I'm glad I won."

Ostapenko tracked a deft dropshot to save match point and race ahead 6-3 in the ensuing tiebreak, ultimately clinching victory on her sixth match point after two hours and 46 minutes on court.

In all, the unseeded Latvian hit a whopping 70 winners to just 51 unforced errors; in a high-quality encounter, Wozniacki also maintained a positive winner-to-unforced error differential, striking 21 winners to 17 unforced errors.

Up next for Ostapenko will be the winner of an all-teen encounter between No.7 seed Ana Konjuh and Ladies Open Biel Bienne champion Marketa Vondrousova.