Wozniacki advances in Copenhagen

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Top-seeded Danish favorite Caroline Wozniacki needed all three sets to win her second-round match Thursday at the $220,000 e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open.

The 2009 U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki dropped the first set against Czech veteran Iveta Benesova on Day 4 before charging back for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory on the indoor hardcourt at Farum Arena. The Dane advanced in 1 hour, 48 minutes, as she piled up nine service breaks, compared to five, against the lefthanded Benesova.

The 20-year-old Wozniacki will face surging German Julie Goerges in Friday's quarterfinals. The fifth-seeded 21-year-old Goerges captured her first-ever WTA Tour title in Austria two weeks ago and has won seven straight and 10 of her last 11 matches.

Sixth-seeded Polona Hercog of Slovenia reached the Copenhagen quarters by overcoming Britain's Anne Keothavong, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Romanian Sorana Cirstea held off Slovenian wild card Katarina Srebotnik 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 and former top-10 Russian Anna Chakvetadze charged past compatriot Anna Lapushchenkova 6-3, 6-4. Chakvetadze, a qualifier this week, captured her first title in two years in Slovenia two weeks ago and is currently riding a seven-match winning streak.

Friday's other quarters will pit second-seeded Chinese Li Na against eighth-seeded German Angelique Kerber, Hercog versus Chakvetadze and seventh-seeded Czech Klara Zakopalova against Cirstea.

This week's champion will pocket $37,000.


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