Following a surprising upset in the third round of the tournament, Caroline Wozniacki will not be rematching Maria Sharapova after their intense US Open battle several weeks ago, but will instead meet Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky, who toppled the world No. 4 to reach the quarter-final round of the tournament. This will serve as the fourth meeting between these two athletes, with Wozniacki leading the head-to-head series 3-0.
Caroline Wozniacki played one of the most dominant encounters of her 29-match summer hard court season when she defeated Australia’s Casey Dellacqua 6-0, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-final round of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. Wozniacki won the first nine games of the contest before Casey clawed her way onto the scoreboard – a testament to the Dane’s command over the entire match.
“Whenever you’re on a winning streak and have been playing a lot of matches and winning them, I think you make smarter decisions and go for your shots more on important points,” Wozniacki said. “I think that’s really the difference right now. Whenever I know it’s an important point, I feel like I step it up and make the right choices.
“I’m feeling good and am playing well. Hopefully I can keep it going until the end of the year, and hopefully next year I can start and finish the year well.”
Reining French Open champion Maria Sharapova, who succumbed to Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets to go out before the quarter-final round of the tournament. Sharapova fell 7-6(3), 7-5 in a match-up that saw the pair go back-and-forth affair for over two hours.
Bacsinszky is yet to beat Wozniacki in any of their previous encounters and will be pressured to live up to her staggering upset win over Sharapova, which could make it difficult for her to produce her best tennis during the match. While a win over the world No. 4 is a remarkable feat, the Swiss qualifier will arguably face a tougher task in dispatching a confident Wozniacki on Thursday.
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki in Three Sets