Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki has once again been knocked out of a major WTA tournament, this time in the China Open quarterfinals in a 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 three-set defeat at the hands of Italy's Flavia Pennetta. Wozniacki was just two points away from a victory; however, Pennetta fought back and then took both the game and the tie-breaker for the match.
"I did my best today, but it just wasn't good enough," said Wozniacki. "I had my chances and didn't take them." Pennetta will go on to face Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland who advanced after Ana Ivanovic retired with back pain. Ivanovic claims she has had the pain since last week's Pan Pacific Open in Japan.
"It hasn't really been getting much better," said Ivanovic. "It's too early to say anything."
On the men's side of the draw, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic has reached the semifinals of the China Open after taking down Spain's Fernando Verdasco, 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
"I felt really good on the court and played really well," said Berdych. "Hard courts are much more suitable for my game style. I can play more aggressive."