Caroline Wozniacki resurgence continues as Simona Halep secures top seed for Australian Open
Caroline Wozniacki swept apart Petra Martic in a 6-2 6-2 victory on Wednesday to achieve the quarter-finals of the Auckland Open and proceed her spectacular run of type.
The Dane ended the 2017 season with the largest title of her profession on the BNP Paribas WTA Finals and has carried this type along with her into the brand new yr.
After taking 58 minutes to beat Madison Brengle in her first-round match on Tuesday, Wozniacki wanted solely 53 minutes to see off the unseeded Martic, regardless of dropping her serve within the first sport of the second set.
Wozniacki served strongly to take early management, successful 89 per cent of factors on first serve and placing her Czech opponent beneath strain with deep groundstrokes.
“I’m trying to stay aggressive,” Wozniacki stated. “I still made some unforced errors. It’s taking a few matches to play like 100 percent but I still felt I played pretty well today.”
Wozniacki broke Martic’s serve within the second and eighth video games to take the primary set in 24 minutes. She shortly recovered after dropping serve to open the second set, breaking again within the fourth and sixth video games.
“I’ve worked on everything I need to work on in the off-season,” Wozniacki stated. “Now it’s just a matter of working out how to incorporate that into your match or into a situation where you maybe get nervous.”
Elsewhere, world No 1 Simona Halep secured top billing for the Australian Open after powering previous Duan Yingying into the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China.
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Halep hit 21 winners and received 5 out of eight break factors to prevail Three-6 6-1 6-2 and safe her No 1 standing going into subsequent week as nicely as the top seeding for Melbourne, forward of Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza.
However, the going was removed from simple for the Romanian who was caught off guard by Duan’s huge hitting early on, with the Chinese taking the lead after blazing by means of the primary set.
It was not till her rival suffered a thigh downside that Halep snatched again management of the match, turning issues round within the second set to interrupt the world No 91 twice for a 5-1 lead earlier than levelling the competition.
The world No 1 in motion in the course of the second set (Getty)
Duan took a medical timeout and returned for the decider with heavy strapping on her left thigh however Halep shortly raced to a 5-Zero lead, finally securing victory after 97 minutes.
“I knew that she is playing really hard and hitting every ball. I knew I had to be strong on my legs,” Halep stated.
“After the first set I was thinking I have to find rhythm, to stay closer to the baseline and open the court better, which I did… It was a very tough match.”
Additional reporting by AP