Wozniacki dumps Dementieva
Teenager Caroline Wozniacki continued her ascent in the women's game by claiming the scalp of fourth seed Elena Dementieva.
Last Updated: 31/03/09 7:06am
Teenager Caroline Wozniacki continued her ascent in the women's game by claiming the scalp of fourth seed Elena Dementieva at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
The 18-year-old Dane booked her place in the last eight with a 7-5 6-4 victory over the Russian, battling back from a break down in each set to clinch a sixth quarter-final spot this season.
Success for the 13th seed continued the poor run for the top players in Florida, with Dementieva joining compatriots Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva, as well as Serbs Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, on the plane home.
"I'm just enjoying every day and every match that I'm playing," said the Dane, whose parents are Polish.
"That I keep winning is just great. I just felt like I was playing really well today. I just got everything together."
Next up for Wozniacki is eighth-ranked Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who barely broke sweat to dump compatriot Alisa Kleybanova out 6-2 6-1.
There was relief for fifth-seeded American Venus Williams when she had to recover from the loss of the first set against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska before pulling through 4-6 6-1 6-4.
"Every now and then everybody has those kinds of matches," Williams said. "I was hitting really well in the practice. Came out and things weren't going to the way I imagined they would, but that's tennis.
"I just had a lot of errors. Errors, errors. It seemed like when I had the winner it became an error. On days like that, you just kind of have to let the errors go behind you and continue to play aggressively and not pull back."
World number one and top seed Serena Williams also struggled before emerging with the win as she beat China's Zheng Jie 7-5 5-7 6-3.
Serena was clearly frustrated with her performance with some outbursts of temper, but she managed to keep it together in the third set to take the match.
She now faces her third consecutive Chinese opponent in the last eight of the tournament after Li Na beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-7 6-2 6-2 in her fourth round match.