Wozniacki into Aussie quarters

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MELBOURNE - Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki reached her first Australian Open quarterfinal with a straight-set win over Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova on Sunday, while Maria Sharapova was knocked out.

Wozniacki, who does not own a major title, will next face a tired Francesca Schiavone, as the sixth-seeded Italian needed an outlandish four hours, 44 minutes to upend No. 23 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4, 1-6, 16-14, in the longest women's match in Open era history.

Playing in her first major as world No. 1, Wozniacki started the day's action by having her first service game broken. The 20-year-old Dane recovered to tie the match at 3-3, then went on to win the next three games for the early lead.

Sevastova rallied to even the second set at 4-4 before losing her serve for the fifth time, and Wozniacki served things out at Rod Laver Arena to advance with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

With another win came another entertaining press conference and display of personality from Wozniacki.

On Friday following her third-round win against Dominika Cibulkova, in response to criticism that her post-match press conferences were dull, Wozniacki preemptively answered typical questions, then talked about cricket, soccer, and global warming.

Following Sunday's victory, she told a story about getting cut by a baby kangaroo in a local park, explaining an injury to her shin. Later, Wozniacki returned to the press center to clarify that the tale was false, saying she instead walked into a treadmill. She said she generated the story after being asked about the injury by the Danish press.

"I was thinking [it] doesn't sound too good that I actually walked into the treadmill," Wozniacki said. "I was like, 'Okay, kangaroo, we're in Australia, so a kangaroo scratched me.' I thought that was a bit funny. Afterwards I said it was a joke and everyone was laughing. I just thought to make it a bit more fun and mix if up a little bit."

In the night session, No. 30 Andrea Petkovic took advantage of 29 unforced errors from Sharapova to earn a 6-2, 6-3 win over the three-time Grand Slam champion.

Sloppy play from Sharapova put her down 1-5 in the second set, but she earned a break and put the pressure back on the German. Petkovic never wilted, and Sharapova hit the final point into the net.

"I could look at it in so many different ways," Sharapova said of the loss. "Obviously I, you know, could look at it that I played a really bad match and sit there and pinpoint every single bad thing that I did.

"You can also look at other things and take away the good things throughout the week and try to improve on that."

China's Li Na, the No. 9 seed, also advanced to the quarters with a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win over eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka. Li, a semifinalist here last year, is on a nine-match winning streak after capturing the Sydney title last week.


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