Former world No 1 Wozniacki crashes out as Kuznetsova finds her form to make the quarter-finals
02:53 GMT, 21 January 2013
03:21 GMT, 21 January 2013
A resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova stunned former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki in an absorbing encounter on Rod Laver Arena to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-2 2-6 7-5 victory on Monday.
The former U.S. and French Open champion, unseeded this year after an injury-disrupted 2012, prevailed in a highly competitive 75-minute third set and wrapped up her victory with a backhand volley at the net.
Shock: Svetlana Kuznetsova got the better of former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki
Kuznetsova saw her streak of 40
straight Grand Slam appearances broken last year when a right knee
injury forced her out of the U.S. Open.
The 27-year-old Russian made 41
unforced errors but 52 winners were enough to claim a place in the last
eight for the third time in 12 appearances at Melbourne Park.
Getting to the ball: Wozniacki gets her backhand over the net
Fast start: Svetlana Kuznetsova dominated the first set
The former world No 2 will play the
winner of the next match on Rod Laver Arena between defending champion
Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina.