Caroline Wozniacki edges Maria Sharapova, books quarterfinal slot

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Former No. 1 and 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated fourth seed Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, to clinch a spot in the quarterfinal round of the US Open Sunday.

Wozniacki booked her first US Open quarterfinal appearance since 2011 after beating Sharapova in just two hours and 37 minutes. It was also Wozniacki’s first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2012.

Wozniacki lost in the finals here to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and made the semifinals in 2010 and 2011.

In the quarterfinals, Wozniacki will play 13th seed Sara Errani, who defeated qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.

“I like to run. I love running,” said Errani, who hit just nine unforced errors. “I try to be consistent to run and be in every point. I want to fight.”

Lucic-Baroni’s impressive run comes to an end after making 69 unforced errors compared to just nine for Errani.

On the men’s side, Gilles Simon capitalized on 52 unforced errors from fourth seed David Ferrer en route to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win.

Simon is through to the round of 16 for the second time at Flushing Meadows where he will take on Marin Cilic.

Cilic earned his spot in the fourth round with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson, halting the South African’s run of reaching the round of 16 at every major championship this year.

Coached by Goran Ivanisevic, Cilic clinched his 298th tour-level victory as he converted six of his 20 break points and took advantage of 53 unforced errors from Anderson.

The 25-year-old Cilic is looking to reach his second Grand Slam quarter-final in a row after reaching the last eight at Wimbledon. His best major showing was a semifinals berth at the 2010 Australian Open.

Simon leads Cilic in their head-to-head showdown, 4-0.

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