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Auckland | Wozniacki impresses again

Auckland | Wozniacki impresses again
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Caroline Wozniacki continued her excellent start to her 2018 campaign with another impressive performance defeating Croatia’s Petra Martic 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Auckland Classic.

I’m trying to stay aggressive. I still made some unforced errors. It’s taking a few matches to play like 100 per cent but I still felt I played pretty well today

Caroline Wozniacki

The Danish world No 3 hit 21 winners against eight unforced errors in the 53-minute rout of Martic.

“I’m trying to stay aggressive,” Wozniacki said in her court-side interview. “I still made some unforced errors. It’s taking a few matches to play like 100 per cent but I still felt I played pretty well today.”

Top seed Wozniacki started brightly with a break of serve to love on her way to an early 3-0 lead and added another break in the eighth game to wrap up the opening set in just 24 minutes on a glorious day in New Zealand’s largest city.

Martic tried to mount a comeback early in the second when she broke for a 2-0 lead but Wozniacki won the final six games behind impressive serving numbers, including six aces, to book a last-eight encounter with young American Sofia Kenin.

“I’ve worked on everything I need to work on in the off-season,” Wozniacki added as she continues her preparations for the Australian Open starting in Melbourne on January 15.

“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.”

Earlier in the day Kenin, a 19-year-old wild card, knocked out compatriot Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 7-6.

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei eased to a 6-4 6-3 victory over Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure to set up a quarter-final clash against Barbora Strycova after the third seeded Czech edged out Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-7 6-2.

 








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