While world No. 1 Serena Williams may refer to Caroline Wozniacki as her “bestie” on the WTA Tour, there will be no love lost between the two competitors when they meet in the Rogers Cup quarter-final round on Friday afternoon. This marks the eighth time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with Williams leading the head-to-head series 6-1.
The top seed may have had a more competitive contest in the third round on Thursday but the result was ultimately the same, as Williams defeated Lucie Safarova 7-5, 6-4.
Although Shelby Rogers produced arguably the biggest upset of the tournament when she ousted hometown favourite and world No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard in the opening round of the tournament, the American was unable to maintain that momentum in her third round match, as she was thoroughly dominated by Danish competitor Caroline Wozniacki.
The former world No. 1 hit 2 aces, maintained a first serve percentage of 85% and saved the only break point she faced in the entire encounter. She also won 82% of her first service points and converted 5 out of 6 break point opportunities to close out the match 6-1, 6-0 in 56 minutes.
“It was a really good match out there today,” Wozniacki said. “I felt really comfortable and confident. I served really well, returned well. Shelby is a tough player – she has some big shots out there – but I was able to just neutralize them and play my game, and I’m happy how the match went today.”
Williams and Wozniacki have met on seven previous occasions on the professional tour, with Williams leading the series 6-1. Caroline’s sole victory came at the 2012 Miami Masters and has since lost to the American three straight times, most recently in Beijing last season. While Wozniacki is playing strong tennis this week in Montreal, she will need her absolute best just to make it competitive against the top seed.
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