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Rybarikova sends No. 2 seed packing in Pattaya

NOT SO GREAT DANE Caroline Wozniacki admitted tiredness may have contributed to her loss on a day when No. 1 seed Vera Zvonareva won

AFP , PATTAYA, THAILAND

Caroline Wozniacki was upset by eighth seeded Magdalena Rybarikova in the quarter-finals of the Pattaya Open yesterday, falling 6-4, 6-1.

The second-seeded Dane, who had also struggled against Australian Open junior champion Ksenia Pervak the previous evening, made a disappointing start by conceding the opening game when Rybarikova fired a winning forehand down the line.

Twelfth-ranked Wozniacki failed to convert any of four break points in the next game, and then had to fight off two break points at 3-1 and another at 4-2 as the eighth-seeded Slovak continued to place her under pressure.

Serving well with three aces to hold for 5-3, Rybarikova constructed her points well and attacked at the right moments, and after breaking serve again to begin the second set she looked increasingly in command as Wozniacki’s game deteriorated badly.

A netted forehand gave Rybarikova a further break for 4-1, and she tied up the match with yet another break when the frustrated Wozniacki made a backhand error.

Wozniacki admitted that her tough match the previous day might have affected her performance, but she gave credit to her opponent.

“I played last match yesterday and last match today and I was a bit tired,” Wozniacki said. “It could definitely have had an effect on today’s match.”

In yesterday’s other quarter-final matches Sania Mirza of India beat Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn 7-5, 6-4, Shahar Peer of Israel downed Vera Dushevina of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and top-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva defeated Peng Shuai of China 6-2, 6-3.


OPEN GDF SUEZ

AP, PARIS

Top-ranked Serena Williams showed no sign of the illness that kept her bedridden last week as she brushed aside Karolina Sprem 6-1, 6-2 to reach the Open GDF Suez quarter-finals on Thursday.

Williams, after winning the Australian Open, didn’t practice until Monday, and was relieved to get through the first round of the indoor tournament she’s won twice.

Her second-round match was easier, as Williams took less than an hour to beat the Croatian qualifier, converting her first match point with a forehand return winner down the line.

Also joining Williams in the last eight were second-seeded Jelena Jankovic, third-seeded Elena Dementieva, fifth-seeded Alize Cornet, and Amelie Mauresmo, who has the most wins in the tournament’s history.

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