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By Erik Gudris | Saturday, January 20, 2018

 
Caroline Wozniacki Australian Open 2018

Caroline Wozniacki pulled off a tweener during an easy straight sets win that puts her in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Photo Credit: Mark Peterson/Corleve


Caroline Wozniacki pulled off a tweener during an easy straight sets win that puts her in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

WATCH: Wozniacki's Wonder Tweener

A few days ago Caroline Wozniacki was on the brink of an early round defeat at the Australian Open. Since then, the former No. 1 now finds her back inside the elite eight of the first Grand Slam of the year.

The No. 2 seed Wozniacki easily dismissed No. 19 seed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-0 in their third round match on Sunday.

Wozniacki, earlier in the event, fought off two match points against her in the second. Since then, Wozniacki has improved her overall game with Sunday’s performance her best yet so far in Melbourne.

Wozniacki needed a few games in the opening set to deal with Rybarikova’s mix of spins and pace. After the players traded, early service breaks, Wozniacki finally assumed control.

The highlight of the match also came in the first set when Wozniacki attempted a tweener that stayed in the court - a first for her she admitted later. She lost the point but it showed how much confidence she felt.


Wozniacki eventually sealed the first set 6-3 with a forehand winner.

The second set started with Wozniacki seizing an early service break. From there she never looked back as Rybarikova’s overall game dipped in effectiveness.

Wozniacki, who racked up 25 winners to just 15 from her opponent, soon found herself holding match point. Rybarikova sent a final backhand long giving Wozniacki the 6-3, 6-0 win in just over an hour. The win sends Wozniacki into the Australian Open quarterfinals since 2012.

Wozniacki was able to watch her tweener in appreciation after the match.

Next up for Wozniacki is veteran Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard overcame No. 32 seed Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.



 

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