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.