Defending champion and third-seed Caroline Wozniacki rallied back from a third-set deficit to beat American Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and reach the quarterfinals at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan.
Wozniacki trailed 0-3 in the final set, but rallied to win 30 of the last 37 points and six of the last seven games to complete the victory, her 50th of the season, and book her spot in the final eight.
“I know she has powerful strokes and a big serve, so it definitely wasn’t easy,” said Wozniacki. “I’m just happy to win this one.”
With the win, the Dane has now advanced to the quarterfinals in Tokyo for the sixth consecutive year. Up next for Wozniacki is a showdown with fifth-seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.
Cibulkova cruised past Russia’s Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-2 in her match on Thursday.
The other quarterfinals in Tokyo will see world number one and top-seed Garbine Muguruza take on ninth-seed Caroline Garcia of France, second-seed Karolina Pliskova play seventh-seed Angelique Kerber and Barbora Strycova face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
New York Tennis Magazine Staff
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