Wozniak beats McHale to reach Rogers Cup quarters

MONTREAL - AUGUST 11: Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada celebrates after defeating Christina McHale during the third round at the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on August 11, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

MONTREAL (AP) - Aleksandra Wozniak became the first Canadian in 20 years to each the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, beating American Christina McHale 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Saturday in a rain-delayed match.

Wozniak was one game from finishing off McHale on Friday night when the third-round match was halted by rain. The Canadian needed only a few minutes to close out the match Saturday in the hardcourt event.

The resident of Blainville, a suburb north of Montreal, became the first Canadian since Patricia Hy-Boulais in 1992, and only the fourth in modern times to reach the quarterfinals.

"I just wanted to finish off the match quickly and be able to rest for my next one,'' Wozniak said. "I came back and played aggressive. I'm really excited to be in the quarterfinals. I've always come with my friends to watch the best players in the world come to this big tournament. This tournament means a lot to me. For sure I'm going to come and be ready to do the best I can.''

Wozniak will face Caroline Wozniacki.

Wozniacki beat Varvara Lepchenko 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Wozniacki received treatment at courtside for a right leg problem early in the second set.

Also, second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-2, 6-4, and No. 10 Na Li topped No. 8 Sara Errani 6-4, 6-2. Li was scheduled to face Radwanska later Saturday.

Roberta Vinci beat No. 6 Angelique Kerber 6-2, 7-6 (7) to advance to a quarterfinal against No. 16 Lucie Safarova. Tamira Paszek beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-0 and will face No. 5 Petra Kvitova.

 

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