Sharapova & Stosur move into the last eight, as Wozniacki ponders her future with a new coach.


Caroline Wozniacki has dropped her father Piotr as coach in a dramatic attempt to halt a worrying slump in form just 11 days before the start of the US Open. “I am no longer her coach. Who will be the new one? I promised I wouldn’t say,” Piotr Wozniacki told the Ekstra Bladet newspaper. The pair agreed to make the change, he said, after Wozniacki’s third consective fourth-round exit at Wimbledon earlier this year. Since then, she has lost both her opening matches at the Toronto and Cincinnati events, the traditional tune-ups before the US Open, the season’s final Grand Slam event, which gets underway on August 29.

Maria Sharapova eased past fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to move into the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The fourth seed came through 6-2 6-3 with the minimum of fuss to earn a date with 10th-ranked Samantha Stosur. The Australian was the first player into the last eight as she surprised French Open champion Li Na 6-4 3-6 6-4 for a second successive week. Stosur, who walked into the last 16 when Serena Williams withdrew from their match with a toe injury, was beating Li for the third time this season. “It’s a great lead up to the US Open, and I’m really pleased with the way I’ve been able to continue on from last week and still have a good one here,” said the Aussie, who lost in the final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday. “Last year was my best US Open I have ever had. Having been playing the way that I’m playing now, I would like to think that I can at least make it to the second week.”

Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova is also through after beating eighth-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-3 5-7 6-3. Second seed Vera Zvonareva awaits in the next round after beating Petra Martic of Croatia 6-2 6-2.






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