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Ivanovic to meet new No. 1 Wozniacki

Ivanovic to meet new No. 1 Wozniacki

Ana Ivanovic delivered one of her best results of the season to set up a quarterfinal against new No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki at the China Open.
The Serb, a former No. 1, edged out seventh-seeded Elena Dementieva 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) to reach only her fourth quarterfinal of the year.
Wozniacki eased past Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2, a victory which means she will replace Serena Williams as No. 1 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva dropped the first set against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko, but battled back for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win.
"Against a player as great as Maria, if you give her unforced errors she will take the opportunity," said Zvonareva, who next plays Italian fifth seed Francesca Schiavone. "I kept trying to go for my shots but be more patient, and fight for every point."
Local fans had something to cheer when China's Li Na took just 47 minutes to see off Germany's Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 6-0.
Li set up a quarterfinal meeting with Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who got a walkover when 13th-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova withdrew due to injury.
"Angelique plays quite flat and I don't like that, but after the first set it was easier. I took my chance because I wanted to finish the match fast," said Li, who last reached the quarterfinals in 2006.
Friday's other quarterfinal will see 15th seeded Israeli Shahar Peer face Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky.
In the men's draw, second-seeded Briton Andy Murray moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Albert Montanes of Spain. He next plays Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, who eliminated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Robin Soderling of Sweden was tested on his way to a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Spain's Nicolas Almagro.
The second seed fired 22 aces to Almagro's 18 on the way to beating him for the first time in three attempts.
"I think we both served really well, especially on all the important points," said No. 5-ranked Soderling.
Up next for Soderling is Spain's David Ferrer, who racked up his 50th match victory of the season with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun.


Updated : 2021-10-16 10:09 GMT+08:00