Toronto | Wozniacki downs Pliskova
Caroline Wozniacki booked her place in the semi-finals of the TA’s Rogers Cup in Toronto, by getting the better of the world No.1 Karolina Pliskova and surviving three rain delays.
I just tried to stay steady, tried to take the ball on the rise and try to stay aggressive when I could and keep my serves aggressive tooCaroline Wozniacki
She outlasted the top seed in a marathon two-hour 56-minute match, 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4 striking eight aces past the Czech – who truck five in return – and gain her first win over a number one player after six previous failures.
She next faces American Sloane Stephens, who saved three match points in the third set to oust Lucie Safarova 6-2 1-6 7-5 in their quarter-final clash.
“I thought she started off really strongly and she was attacking and playing really, really well,” Wozniacki said later.
“After that, I feel like I stepped a little bit closer to the line just to try and take away a little bit of time. I once I kind of got on a roll, I started serving better.
“I just tried to stay steady, tried to take the ball on the rise and try to stay aggressive when I could and keep my serves aggressive too.”
Cmmenting on beating the top seed and world No.1, she replied: “I don’t really think about too much. I knew I was going to play someone that was really tough today, and I’m just happy with my win.”
Pliskova started positively but when her Danish opponent strung six consecutive games together to win tye first set, her game deteriorated, as she admitted.
“I think the biggest mistake was in the first set — so because of that, I think I lost,” Pliskova said. “Overall, the match was much longer than just the hours on the court.
“It’s just tough to play her in these conditions. She’s putting everything back, so obviously, I did some mistakes.”
Wozniacki will have her hands full with Stephens, who reached the quarters with wins over third seed Angelique Kerber and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
Stephens won the last four games and saved three match points to oust Safarova.
The two remaining quarterfinals were affected by the weather with the Simona Halep and Carline Garcia clash postponed to the next day while Garbine Muguruza ‘s match against Elina Svitolina was halted with the Wimbledon champion leading 6-4.