TORONTO (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki made some changes this week to try to change her fortune in a city that has not been kind on the tennis front.
Personal driver? Not needed this time around. Same hotel as before? Switch that booking.
Wozniacki is not only winning in Toronto for the first time in her career, she’s doing it against the world’s best.
The 27-year-old from Denmark outlasted top-ranked Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a rain-delayed quarterfinal on Friday at the Rogers Cup.
The match ended just over five hours after the players took to the court in the early afternoon for the pregame warmup. The start was delayed for more than two hours and three more weather interruptions followed in the first set alone.
Actual on-court match time was 2 hours, 56 minutes, but it felt much longer.
“I just kept fighting and just kept doing my thing,” Wozniacki said.
In the deciding set, Wozniacki broke at love to pull even at 4-4. She then held serve and followed with another break to lock up a spot in the final four.
Next up will be a Saturday showdown with American Sloane Stephens, who topped Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 before the rain returned in the evening.
Two other quarterfinals were postponed until Saturday. Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will take on fourth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, while defending champ and second seed Simona Halep of Romania is to play Caroline Garcia of France.
Pliskova, a 6-foot-1 25-year-old from the Czech Republic, was playing her first tournament as the world No. 1.
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