MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark
rolled into the quarterfinals of the women's draw Wednesday with a
6-1, 7-6 (1) victory over Severine Bremond of France.
And the 18-year-old is looking to reverse a pattern from her
first three trips to this event.
In the men's tournament, eighth seed Sam Querrey of the United
States earned a 7-6 (4) 6-4 win over Germany's Tommy Haas, who won
here in 1999.
Top seed Andy Roddick took Stadium Court in his first match of the Tournament against Defending Memphis Champion Steve Darcis of Belgium.
Roddick looking strong after the first set.. attacks the net at every opportunity against Darcis.
Roddick rolls into Round Two 7-5, 6-2.
No. 3 James Blake had his hands more than full facing Australian Lleyton Hewitt.
Hewitt, the former #1 Ranked Player in the World had already knocked off Tennis Hall of Famer Pete Sampras in a Monday exhibition at the Racquet Club.
Blake, Masterful in the first set with a sweet seve and volley style, takes set one 6-3.
But, Hewitt dominates set two 6-1, and breaks Blake's serve in the third.
This match a chess match as both players probe, attack, play the baselines.
In the End, Hewitt comes out victorious, 3-6, 1-6, 6-4.
Wozniacki has been eliminated by the eventual Memphis champion
three straight years - Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in 2006, and
Americans Venus Williams in 2007 and Lindsey Davenport last year.
She has yet to get past the quarterfinals in this event.
But in a breakout 2008 season, Wozniacki won three tournaments
and vaulted from 68th to 12th in the world rankings. A win here
could push her to 11th when new rankings come out on Monday.
"I'd like to be in the Top 10. I'd like to be No. 1," she
said, "but I'm still working, trying to take each match as it
comes, and trying to get better all around. I've still got lots of
things I can improve."
Wozniacki had played the last match of the night on Tuesday,
laying a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jelena Dokic of Australia that reversed
a loss to the veteran in last month's Australian Open.
The youngster showed few effects during her early afternoon
match with Bremond on Wednesday, even though she was extended a bit
in the second set.
"I've still got jet lag, so getting up this morning was tough.
But once I got on the court I felt great," Wozniacki said. "I was
concentrating on holding serve more than anything else, because
this is a pretty fast hard court, so you have to concentrate."
In other men's matches, fifth seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech
Republic defeated Kevin Kim of the United States 6-4, 6-2.
Seventh-seed Mardy Fish scored a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Yen-hsun Lu
of Taiwan. Philipp Petzschner of Germany defeated Finland's Jarkko
Nieminen, 6-3, 6-4. And Robby Ginepri of the United States defeated
Simon Greul of Germany 6-4, 6-4 for a possible chance at Roddick.
On the women's side, third-seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech
Republic survived a first-set tiebreaker and eliminated Vania King
of the United States 7-6 (1), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals.
In other second-round play, fourth-seeded Anne Keothavong of
Great Britain also went through a tiebreaker before defeating
Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal 7-6 (2), 6-4. No. 6 Sabine
Lisicki of Germany defeated France's Stephanie Foretz 6-1, 6-4, and
eighth seed Pauline Parmentier of France defeated qualifier
Chanelle Scheepers 6-4, 6-1.