BEIJING -- Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki won her third-round match at the $4.5 million China Open and will now become the new No. 1 player on the women's tour.
The 2009 U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki waltzed past Czech Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2 in 75 minutes in third-round action Thursday at the National Tennis Center and will supplant Serena Williams atop the WTA Tour rankings when they are released on Monday. The reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Williams has been sidelined since July after undergoing foot surgery.
The 20-year-old Wozniacki will become the 20th player to reach the coveted top spot, and the first-ever Dane, despite having never won a major title.
"I'm very proud of becoming No. 1 in the world," Wozniacki said. "It's always been a dream for me to achieve the No. 1 ranking and today is a great day for me."
Wozniacki, who's now 56-15 this season, is fresh off her title last week in Tokyo, where she beat Russian star Elena Dementieva in a marquee finale.
A seventh-seeded Dementieva will not appear in her second final in two weeks after she succumbed to former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4) in the third round on Day 6 in Beijing.
The former French Open titlist Ivanovic will meet Wozniacki in Friday's quarterfinals. The Serb is 2-0 lifetime against the Dane, with both victories coming in 2008, at the Aussie and French Opens.
In other third-round action, ninth-seeded heavy Chinese crowd favorite Li Na leveled German Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-0 and Latvian Anastasija Sevastova received a walkover into the quarters when 13th-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova pulled out of their scheduled encounter because of a right foot injury.
Li will face Sevastova on Friday.
The other quarterfinals will pit second-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva against fifth-seeded Italian Francesca Schiavone and 15th-seeded Israeli Shahar Peer versus Swiss Timea Bacsinszky. Zvonareva was this year's U.S. Open and Wimbledon runner-up, while Schiavone is the reigning French Open champ.
The 2010 China Open champion will claim $775,500.