Radwanska, Wozniacki, Venus advance in Tokyo

Updated: September 25, 2013

Tokyo, Japan (Sports Network) – Two of this week’s top-four seeds —
last year’s runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki — and former
world No. 1 Venus Williams were among Wednesday’s third-round winners at the
$2.37 million Pan Pacific Open.

Fresh off her title in Seoul, the former Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska rolled
past 16th-seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-4, while the fourth-seeded
former world No. 1 Wozniacki whipped unseeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1,
6-1 on the hardcourts at Ariake Coliseum.

Up next for the 2011 Tokyo titlist Radwanska will be fifth-seeded German
Angelique Kerber, while the 2010 Pan Pacific champion Wozniacki will encounter
Czech Lucie Safarova in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Radwanska lost to Russian Nadia Petrova in last year’s finale in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, the unseeded Williams took out 13th-seeded rising Romanian Simona
Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Day 4. Williams’ quarterfinal opponent will be
promising Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who bounced sixth-seeded former top-
ranked star and 2009 Tokyo runner-up Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-2.

Williams stunned top-seeded and fellow former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka
here on Tuesday.

In some other round-of-16 action, fifth-seeded German Angelique Kerber handled
11th-seeded former No. 1 and 2007 Pan Pacific runner-up Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2
and Czech Lucie Safarova doused 12th-seeded former U.S. Open champ Samantha
Stosur 6-4, 6-4.

Wednesday’s schedule featured four former world No. 1 stars.

Also on Wednesday, seventh-seeded former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova was
scheduled to meet American Madison Keys, but that match was postponed, and
15th-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea was leading two-time Grand Slam winner
and 2008 Tokyo finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-1 when their match was suspended
because of rain.

The 2013 Pan Pacific champ will earn $426,000.