Wozniacki dispatches Konjuh in straight sets

Reuters, AFP-JIJI

Caroline Wozniacki kept her composure to end the spirited run of 16-year-old Croat Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-0 in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday.

Wimbledon debutant Konjuh, the youngest player to reach the last 32 at the All England Club since 2005, forced Wozniacki on the backfoot for much of the first set, combining punchy hitting with deft touches at the net.

The world No. 189 hit 19 winners compared to the Dane’s nine, but Wozniacki broke Konjuh’s spirit by winning nine games on the trot from 3-3 to seal a place in the second week of the grasscourt major for the fourth time.

The 16th seed will play either Australian Open champion Li Na or Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Monday she bids to reach the quarterfinals for first time.

Also Friday, Kevin Anderson became the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon fourth round for 14 years with a 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Italian 16th seed Fabio Fognini.

Anderson fought back from two sets to one down to emulate Wayne Ferreira’s run to the last 16 in 2000 and in the process secured only his second win over a top 20 seed in a Grand Slam.

The 28-year-old, seeded 20th, will play defending champion Andy Murray or Spanish 27th seed Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the quarterfinals.