Wellington - Former world number one Caroline
Wozniacki trounced Alexandra Dulgheru for the loss of just one game to reach
the WTA Auckland Classic semi-finals on Thursday.
The third seed, who has not dropped a set
all week, took only 52 minutes to overwhelm Romania's Dulgheru 6-1, 6-0 and set
up a last-four clash with American Sloane Stephens.
The second semi-final will be between
Germany's Julia Goerges and qualifier Tamira Paszek from Austria, whose
head-to-head record is 2-2.
They benefited from being in the same half
of the draw as the top two seeds, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic, who were
first round casualties.
Paszek, ranked 172nd in the world, survived
a three-hour marathon quarter-final against Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium,
finally winning 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3.
Flipkens was down 1-4 in the second set
before winning it on a tie-break, and she recovered from 0-5 to 3-5 in the
final set before Paszek got over the line.
"I'm delighted that I was strong
enough mentally to focus and deal with the setbacks and actually close out the
match," said Paszek, 25.
Goerges also came through a three-set
quarter-final when she came from behind to beat Japan's Nao Hibino 6-7 (3/7),
Stephens, the fifth seed, ended the run of
popular Briton Naomi Broady, who conquered second seed Ivanovic in the first
Broady hinted at another shock when she
took the first set to a tiebreak. But Stephens clicked into gear to reach the
semis 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.