Caroline Wozniacki managed to turn around her third round 2012 Pan Pacific Open clash with Li Na and will be playing Agnieszka Radwanska in Tokyo WTA tournament quarterfinal.
Tenth seeded Wozniacki has extended her recent run of victories (she lifted Seoul trophy last week) to proceed into Tokyo QFs. The first three games of her third round match against seventh-seeded Li would decide the outcome of the opener. The Chinese was thus leading two breaks to one and would not let go off her advantage. She squandered two set points in the closing game but attacked Wozniacki at 40-30, forcing the Dane to send her down-the-line backhand a few inches wide and taking a lead in the match.
The pattern was practically the same, but the roles have changed in the set two. An early break and re-break were followed by Li’s second lost serve which saw her go 2-4 behind. Former top-ranked Wozniacki built a 40-15 lead at 5-3 and tucked away the set thanks to Li overhitting a return.
None of the players could really get their service games going in the decider. Wozniacki broke her rival for the third consecutive time to go 4-3 up. The Dane confirmed the break with a love game, yet she had to save two break break points before generating a match point at 5-4. Li summed up her second and third set performance by firing a forehand into the net which meant Wozniacki’s comeback was complete – she progressed with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph.
She has a 5-2 head-to-head record against her next challenger Agnieszka Radwanska.
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