Wozniacki wins a battle veteran Schnyder

Caroline Wozniacki blows a kiss after beating Patty Schnyder at the Rogers Cup. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

Caroline Wozniacki blows a kiss after beating Patty Schnyder at the Rogers Cup. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:11 PM ET

MONTREAL — World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the third round of the $2-million Rogers Cup, winning a 7-5, 7-5 battle Wednesday with Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.

Wozniacki, the top remaining seed in the tournament at No. 2, stayed away from the net and relied on powerful baseline winners.

But the 52nd-ranked Schnyder, who at 32 is one of the most experienced players in tour, broke Wozniacki twice in the first set and lasted one hour 40 minutes before bowing out.

Wozniacki, a native of Denmark, will face Italian Flavia Pennetta for a berth in the quarterfinals.

Wozniacki kept busy on Wednesday, teaming up with Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova to win a doubles match against Czech native Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.

In the first singles match of the day at centre court, No. 7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska easily dispatched of American Vania King, 6-0 6-3, to earn a third-round berth.

Also on Wednesday, unseeded Dinara Safina won an all-Russian battle in an upset against No. 18 seed Nadia Petrova 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Safina, the 2008 Rogers Cup champion, says she fed off the crowd while rallying back from four games down in the third set.

"I guess the crowd still remembers that I won it," Safina, 24, told reporters following the match. "That is the nicest thing when you step on the court. The crowd is there, they are cheering for you. At the end you start to feel their attention."

In the match that followed at Uniprix Stadium's centre court, No. 4 seed Elena Dementieva rolled past unseeded Czech Klara Zakopalova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She advanced to play the winner of Wednesday evening's match between No. 16 seed Aravane Rezai of France and unseeded Jie Zheng of China.

Earlier in the day, France's Marion Bartoli advanced to the third round after her Japanese counterpart, Kimiko Date-Krumm, withdrew because of a thigh injury. Bartoli, the No. 17 seed at the Rogers Cup, will next face red-hot Russian Iveta Benesova, who upset top-ranked Jelena

Jankovic on Tuesday.

Other singles winners on Wednesday were No. 10 seed Victoria Azarenka of Bulgaria; French Open Champion and No. 6 seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy; and 15th-seeded Flavia Pannetta, also of Italy.

The featured match of the day was scheduled for 7 p.m. at centre court with No. 5 seed Kim Clijsters, a two-time Grand Slam winner, against American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.


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