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Australia Open tennis: Caroline Wozniacki cruises into quarterfinals

Caroline Wozniacki made it through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open tennis by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets.

tennis Updated: Jan 21, 2018 10:01 IST
Agencies, Melbourne
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Caroline Wozniacki defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open tennis tournament. (REUTERS)

Caroline Wozniacki reached her first Australian Open tennis quarterfinal since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

The second seed, who saved two match points in the second round, was relatively comfortable on Rod Laver Arena Sunday.

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Wozniacki was far too good for 19th seed Rybarikova, easing to victory in just 63 minutes.

The result moved the Danish star into a 10th grand-slam quarter-final and third in Melbourne.

Awaiting her in the last eight is Carla Suarez Navarro, who battled past Anett Kontaveit in their fourth-round clash.

Wozniacki fell behind an early break against Rybarikova as the Slovakian tried to unsettle her opponent with her slice.

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But after Wozniacki – who also produced a tweener but lost the point – won a marathon fourth game to level, she eased through the first set and made a strong start to the second.

Rybarikova had no answers, winning just six points in the second set as Wozniacki cruised into the quarter-finals.

Suarez Navarro shines

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro became the first player through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open as she dug herself out of a hole to beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit 4-6 6-4 8-6.

Kontaveit was bidding to reach the last eight of a grand slam for the first time and the 22-year-old had victory in her grasp when she took the first set and broke twice to lead 4-1 in the second set on a muggy day alongside the Yarra river.

Unseeded Suarez Navarro was given heart when Kontaveit double-faulted to hand one break of serve back and the 29-year-old stormed back to take the second set.

The deciding set was a real battle and Kontaveit again looked like closing it out when she broke at 4-4 but she faltered and was broken as she served for the match.

Suarez Navarro enjoyed an outrageous slice of luck when Kontaveit served to stay in the match at 6-7, striking a forehand that hit the net tape twice before wobbling over to give her a second match point.

She missed that one but on her third opportunity Kontaveit smacked a forehand long to send Suarez Navarro into the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the third time.

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 10:01 IST