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Top seed Wozniacki cuts short Sharapova's journey

Caroline Wozniacki's demolition of Maria Sharapova to reach the US Open quarter-finals has blasted a clear passage into Saturday's final for the Danish top seed.

sports Updated: Sep 08, 2010 01:36 IST

Caroline Wozniacki's demolition of Maria Sharapova to reach the US Open quarter-finals has blasted a clear passage into Saturday's final for the Danish top seed.

The Russian former champion had been seen as the major threat to the 20-year-old Dane in her half of the draw and she calmly snuffed out that danger with a 6-3, 6-4 fourth round win.

The task ahead on Wednesday for the in-form Wozniacki looks relatively straightforward with a match again unseeded Dominika Cibulkova on Wednesday.

But the Slovak's straight sets win over another former Russian champion here, Svetlana Kuznetsova, will be sure to raise a few eyebrows.

Wozniacki dismissed suggestions that Cibulkova, one of the smallest players in the tournament at just 5 feet three inches (1.59 metres) tall, would be disadvantaged by her height.

"You know, everyone is different. Everyone has their strengths, their weaknesses," she said.

"Someone is short, someone is tall. I think it really doesn't matter when you're on court."

The two have played five times previously with Wozniacki holding a 4-1 lead, her most recent win, 6-4, 6-1, coming at New Haven in the week before the US Open.

Paes-Black crash out

Ace Indian Leander Paes and his Zimbabwean partner Cara Black suffered a straight-set defeat against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Mark Knowles to bow out of the mixed doubles category of the US Open tennis tournament on Monday.

Second seeds Paes and Black, who won the 2010 Wimbledon mixed doubles title, lost 3-6 4-6 to the German-Bahamian pair in the quarterfinal.

Paes and Black had clinched the Australian Open mixed doubles title in January this year.

India's Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi are still in the race in doubles and would take on Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman in the quarterfinal.