Tokyo - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has battled from behind to
beat Jarmila Gajdosova 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the WTA Pan Pacific Open
Thursday in her first match since losing in the US Open final.
24-year-old Dane, seeded second, needed two hours and 11 minutes to
oust the Australian qualifier and book a quarter-final spot against
Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.
"She was playing very well. I was
trying to fight for every point and it took me a little while just get
into it," said Wozniacki.
"She was hitting a very heavy ball. I
was playing a little bit too short and that gave Jarmila opportunities
to play very aggressive."
Wozniacki lost the US Open final 6-3, 6-3 to top-ranked American Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows two weeks ago.
ranked 91st in the world, who has never won in her previous six matches
with Wozniacki, broke her serve in their opening game. But the Dane
immediately broke her back.
The 27-year-old Australian surged to
5-4 by breaking the Dane after five deuces and keeping her next serve to
take the first set.
The two players broke each other early in the
second set and went tit-for-tat until Gajdosova lost her serve with
erratic shots in the 12th game.
After losing her serve at the
start of the decisive set, Wozniacki broke the Australian three times
and yield no point in the ninth game, banging in a two-handed backhand
across the court on match point.
In earlier second-round matches
on the day, Spaniard Garbine Muguruza upset fourth-seeded Jelena
Jankovic of Serbia 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 in almost two hours.
Another Australian Casey Dellacqua trounced New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-4.
Eighth-seeded Suarez Navarro beat Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.
and Muguruza will clash in the quarter-finals on Wozniacki's side of
the draw with Germany's world number-eight Angelique Kerber heading the
other half as the top seed.