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Dokic out while Kvitova continues in Sydney
Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova remain on course for an Apia International Sydney and world No. 1 showdown after both players had tough three set wins on Tuesday afternoon.
Wozniacki survived a major scare to move into the Sydney International quarter-finals, recovering from 4-0 down in the deciding set against Dominika Cibulkova before Kvitova battled to a 7-5 3-6 6-4 win over Alexandra Dulgheru.
Kvitova, who can become the top-rated women’s player in the world by taking out the Sydney tournament, looked to be on track after a comfortable first set.
But the unheralded Romanian stuck with the Wimbledon champion and snatched the second set before falling away in the decider.
Wozniacki had looked far deeper in the mire.
On the rack in the third set, her Slovakian opponent tensed up considerably as the Dane began to find her range, the top seed winning six games in a row to prevail 7-5 2-6 6-4.
She’ll face Agnieszka Radwanska, a 7-5 6-4 winner over Andrea Petkovic, for a spot in the semi-finals.
Defending champion Li Na also had a battle on her hands after losing the first set to South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers.
But after the slow start China’s sole grand slam winner dominated the latter stages to take the match 2-6 6-4 6-1.
The world No.5 will now play Daniela Hantuchova, a straight sets winner over Sam Stosur’s conqueror, Francesca Schiavone.
Australian Jelena Dokic didn’t fair as well, falling in straight sets to former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli, 6-3 6-0.
In other early action two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrew from her match against Czech Lucie Safarova when down 6-1 2-0, citing heat illness.
Australia’s Jelena Dokic and France’s Marion Bartoli feature next on centre court with third seed Victoria Azarenka in action later against Jelena Jankovic.