Wozniacki reaches Ericsson Open semifinals
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[July 29, 2017]
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Caroline Wozniacki faced little
resistance on Friday en route to advancing to the semifinals of the
Ericsson Open in Bastad, Sweden.
The top-seeded Dane saved five of six break points and breezed to a
6-3, 6-1 triumph over Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Kozlova.
"I definitely played better today and kept focused the whole way
through," Wozniacki said. "... I tried to stay aggressive, even in
the last couple of games when she had 40-0. I stayed with it,
hitting aggressive returns and aggressive shots. It worked out."
The former No. 1 player resides two victories shy of her first title
of the season.
Wozniacki will vie for the first win on Saturday when she faces
Belgian Elise Mertens, who posted a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory over
Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia.
Mertens reached her first clay-court final back in April at the TEB
BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup.
Third-seeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia outlasted Czech qualifier
Barbora Krejcikova, recording 10 aces to notch a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
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"I started well, but things got complicated," Garcia
said. "She changed her game a little bit and I couldn't find my
rhythm again. I just kept fighting to the end; my game is to be
aggressive, so that's what I was trying to do. It wasn't always
great but I'm very happy with the win."
After Krejcikova evened the match at a set apiece, Garcia broke her
foe's bid to serve for the match before winning in two hours and 12
"I had a lot of opportunities on her serve in the second and third
sets," Garcia said. "She kept fighting and I lost my focus; we know
in tennis that things can go very fast one way or the other. I just
tried to stay calm."
Garcia advances to face seventh-seeded Czech Katerina Siniakova, who
also needed three sets upend second-seeded Latvian Anastasija
Sevastova 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.
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