Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark came back from 4-0 down in the final set to beat Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals at the Sydney International, one of the final warmups prior to the 2012 Australian Open.
“I thought I had lost the match,” said the top-ranked Wozniacki. “I decided to play free, not care about the score anymore, and it worked out. I hate losing.”
Also advancing to the quarterfinals was number two-ranked Petra Kvitova, with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over the unseeded Alexandre Dulgheru of Romania. Kvitova used a strong serve to set up an easy cross-court forehand at the net to the open corner for the win on her first match point.
“I lost against her [Dulgheru] in the U.S. Open, so it was a little bit in my head, and I wanted to win,” Kvitova said.
Also moving on were the number three seed, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Jelena Jankovic of Serbia; 2011 French Open champion Li Na of China, a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 winner over Channelle Scheepers of South Africa; seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, a 7-5, 6-4 victor over Andrea Petkovic of Germany; Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia was a 7-5, 6-1 winner over 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy; and former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was forced to withdraw from her match against Lucie Safarova while down 6-1, 2-0, citing heat illness.