By Erik Gudris/Friday, October 18, 2013
It was a mixed day for the two women named as alternates to next week's WTA Championships as each competed in the Luxembourg quarterfinals.
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Sloane Stephens and Caroline Wozniacki both received good news despite only one advancing into the semis of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open.
Both Stephens and Wozniacki were announced as alternates for the upcoming WTA Championships in Istanbul next week. But each woman had unfinished business to attend to in Friday's quarterfinals.
Top seed Wozniacki battled No. 8 seed Bojana Jovanovski in a tight three set match. After being tied at 2-all in the final set, Wozniacki reeled off four of the last five games to clinch the 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win.
Wozniacki, a semifinalist at the event in 2008, prevailed against Jovanovski for the first time in three meetings this season.
Next up for Wozniacki is No. 3 seed Sabine Lisicki. Lisicki herself was also forced to go the distance against Italy's Karin Knapp.
After splitting the first two sets, Lisicki took complete control in the third eventually winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.
Stephens Upset Again By Voegele
Earlier in the day, No. 2 seed Stephens once again faced in as many weeks Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland. After dropping the opening set, Stephens rallied to take the second set 6-3 and then went up an early break in the third.
But Stephens couldn't maintain her momentum as Voegele took the next four games along with breaking Stephens in the final game to secure the 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win.
Waiting for Voegele will be Germany's Annika Beck who outlasted Katarzyna Piter 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(5)..