Now we know all the quarterfinalists of the 4,828,050 China Open. The Marion Bartoli vs. Carla Suarez Navarro quarterfinal was determined yesterday, while after today's third-round matches we know the six remaining members of the final eight: Maria Sharapova vs. Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka vs. Romina Oprandi and Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Li Na.
Second seed Maria Sharapova was the first to advance on Thursday, with an easy 6-0 6-2 victory over Polona Hercog in their first meeting. In other news, on the side of her tennis career, Sharapova is working on spreading her Sugarpova candy products outside the US. Her next destination will be Australia, and what better timing for the launch than ahead of the Australian Open.
World No.1 Victoria Azarenka followed Sharapova into the quarterfinals, defeating Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-3 on the third match point in a six-deuce finishing game.
Caroline Wozniacki survived two tough three-setters (featuring a total of three tiebreaks) against Chanelle Scheepers and Hsieh Su-Wei, but in today's third set against Angelique Kerber she fell short in the very last game, dropping serve for the first time in the set and losing to the German for the third time this year. With the 6-1 2-6 6-4 victory Kerber has not only advanced to the China Open quarters, she's now qualified for the season-ending Championships in Istanbul. No YEC for Wozniacki in 2012. The one remaining qualifying position will go to Marion Bartoli or Li Na, who today beat countrywoman Peng Shuai 4-6 6-2 7-6(3) to set up a clash with Agnieszka Radwanska. (photo: Tennis Buzz)