MADRID- World number two Caroline Wozniacki survived a close upset from Ashleigh Barty on Monday, edging the Australian 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the last-16 of the Madrid Open.
The world number two was on the brink of defeat after she trailed Barty 4-2 in the final set but the Dane fought back to claim the last four games and win the match.
What let Barty down was her groundstrokes in crucial stages of the final set, as she finished with 54 unforced errors for the match.
Wozniacki will now face once French Open semi-finalist Kiki Bertens, who shocked 15th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.
Wozniacki said of the upcoming clash, “It’ll be another tough match,”
“She’s a big server with a big forehand. She loves the clay.
“I haven’t had an easy draw here, but I don’t think anyone has. It’s just about going for it again. That’s all I can do, is go out there and do my best.
“I think it’s definitely a surface that I think evens out a lot of the playing field. I think there’s more people that have an opportunity here on this surface.”
Karolina Pliskova hold off former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 to set up a third round clash with US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Meanwhile former world number one Maria Sharapova, continued her revival on clay, after a tense opening set, she still went on to beat Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu 7-5, 6-1.
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