Wozniacki, Muguruza knocked out in Madrid, Halep strolls into quarters

MADRID (Reuters) – World series dual Caroline Wozniacki was sent make-up from a third turn of a Madrid Open on Wednesday while third-ranked Garbine Muguruza followed her quickly out a exit door.

Tennis – WTA Mandatory – Madrid Open – Madrid, Spain – May 9, 2018 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza reacts after losing her third turn compare opposite Russia’s Daria Kasatkina REUTERS/Susana Vera

Denmark’s Wozniacki mislaid 6-2 6-2 to universe series 20 Kiki Bertens, while Wimbledon champion Muguruza was beaten 6-2 4-6 6-3 by Daria Kasatkina in a stirring late game.

Bertens, who reached a 2016 French Open semi-finals, kick a 27-year-old Wozniacki in an hour to explain a biggest scalp of her career and finish Wozniacki’s hopes of reclaiming a series one mark from Simona Halep.

Australian Open champion Wozniacki had to win a Madrid pretension to renovate Halep in a tip mark though her softened means a Romanian will keep initial place.

Bertens’ will face five-times grand impact champion Maria Sharapova or Kristina Mladenovic of France in a final eight.

Spaniard Muguruza was personification in a last-16 of a Madrid Open for a initial time though could go no offer as she was captivated by 15th-ranked Kasatkina in a stirring late diversion that lasted dual hours and 28 minutes.

Tennis – WTA Mandatory – Madrid Open – Madrid, Spain – May 9, 2018 Russia’s Daria Kasatkina celebrates after winning her third turn compare opposite Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Susana Vera

Muguruza got off to a bad start in surrendering a initial set opposite Kasatkina, who she had mislaid to in a semi-finals of a Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February.

The 2017 Wimbledon and 2016 US Open champion was on a ropes when she was damaged for a second time in a second set to tumble 4-2 behind, though she came out fighting, violation behind immediately and once some-more to take a set.

She also showed good fighting suggestion in a decider after going 4-1 down, saving 8 mangle points to reason her offer and afterwards mangle again to make it 4-3.

The 21-year-old Kasatkina, however, won a subsequent dual games and served out for a match, clinching a quarter-final berth when a Spaniard strike over a baseline.

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The Russian will accommodate Czech Petra Kvitova who overcame Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3.

Earlier on Wednesday, Halep strolled into a quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-4 win over Czech Kristyna Pliskova.

Halep, a two-time fortifying champion, struck 20 winners and pennyless Pliskova’s offer 3 times as she extended her winning strain in a Spanish collateral to 15 true matches.

After surrender a opener in 29 minutes, Pliskova constructed a softened second set though unsuccessful to broach consistently as Halep saved all 5 of a mangle points she faced.

“I consider she served most softened (in a second set) and we couldn’t do most with a return,” Halep told a news conference.

“But we served well, too. we feel like it was a really good match, a hardest here. She has softened a lot given final year, we played together here, and she was a opposite player.”

Halep will subsequent face Krystyna’s twin sister Karolina Pliskova, who raced past American Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-3.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru and Richard Martin in Barcelona; Editing by Ken Ferris and Toby Davis

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