Wozniak reaches last eight in Montreal

Aleksandra Wozniak became the first Canadian in 20 years to reach the Rogers Cup quarter-finals in Montreal on Saturday.

The 24-year-old beat American Christina McHale 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 in a rain-delayed match and will now face Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Varvara Lepchenko 4-6 6-3 6-4.

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

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 quarter-finals. 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.”

Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-2 6-4 and Li Na downed Sara Errani 6-4 6-2. Li was scheduled to face Radwanska in the quarters later on Saturday.

Roberta Vinci beat Angelique Kerber 6-2 7-6 (9-7) to advance to a quarter-final against Lucie Safarova.

Tamira Paszek beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-0 and will face Petra Kvitova.

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