The great Dane, Caroline Wozniacki, is having a good week at the Connecticut Tennis Centre at Yale in reaching the quarter final stage, by defeating Sophia Arvidsson of Sweden, 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 on Wednesday in a match lasting almost an hour and a half, when all second round matches were completed. Clearly one of her favourite events on the WTA calendar, this win added one more win to her already established eighteen win run at this tournament; and now brings her up against the diminutive Slovak, Dominka Cibulkova.
Cibulkova, who is one of the shortest players on the tour at only five foot three inches, packs a mighty punch with her stunning groundies and pinpoint accuracy and has some fine wins over much higher ranked – and much taller – opponents; and is one of the fastest rising stars in the WTA rankings, now ranked just outside of the top ten, at number 13. She handily stopped the comeback from an awful back injury of Andrea Petkovic of Germany with a 6-4 6-1 win in just an hour and ten minutes on court. Wozniacki and Cibulkova are scheduled to be first up on court in Thursday’s play.
Number 8 seed, the Czech Lucie Safarova, came storming back from being 2-4 down in the first set against the Chinese player, Zheng Jie, to win ten games in a row to close out the match 6-4 6-0. She will next face her countrywoman, number two seeded Petra Kvitova, who took out the qualifier Nicole Gibbs of the United States, in the quarters.