Caroline Wozniacki keeps up strong form in Istanbul

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Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the quarter-finals of the Istanbul Cup on Wednesday, after recovering from a set down to beat Italian Karin Knapp in the second round.

The Dane dropped just three games in the final two sets to battle to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory, and as number one seed, she is well placed to win her first singles title of 2014 at the Koza World of Sport Complex.

Comfortable path

It has been a relatively comfortable route to the quarter-finals for the former world number one, as she produced a double bagel in her first round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland to win 6-0, 6-0.

The world number 15’s recent run of form has come after a disappointing loss at Wimbledon earlier in July, and she is playing in her first tournament since being defeated by Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 7-5 in the fourth round at SW19.

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This year has been one of near misses for Wozniacki, as she has reached the semi-finals of three WTA tournaments, but she is yet to make a final, with the most recent of those losses coming against Germany’s Angelique Kerber in Eastbourne in June.

Poor Grand Slam form

But that form has not been seen in Grand Slams this year, as she failed to make it to the second week at the Australian Open and the French Open, with her first round loss to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium at Roland Garros being a particular surprise, in what was her first match since announcing she had split up with golfer Rory McIlroy.

Her last singles title victory came in Luxembourg in October 2013, and she is now just three matches away from winning her 22nd singles title.

The first of those will be against the winner of the second round match between Shahar Pe’er of Israel and eighth seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Notable results

Notable results elsewhere on Wednesday included third seeded Czech Klara Koukalova being knocked out by Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-3, as well as fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beating Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-0, 6-3.

Seventh seed Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia was beaten by Italian and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-4, and she is the only Grand Slam winner left in the draw.

The Istanbul Cup has made a return to the WTA tour this year after a three year absence, with the last winner of the tournament being Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 2010.

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