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Serena Williams marches on at Western & Southern Open

Aug. 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

CINCINNATI, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Serena Williams remained dominant Thursday and Caroline Wozniacki staged a comeback in the third round of the Western & Southern Open.

The top-ranked Williams won for the 44th time in 45 matches as she seeks her ninth championship of the year. She disposed of Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-1 and will face Simona Halep in the quarterfinals.

Halep outlasted Samantha Stosur 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 one day after becoming a footnote in tennis history by handing Marion Bartoli the final loss of her career. After falling to Halep in the second round, the 28-year-old Bartoli surprisingly announced she was retiring from tennis.

That announcement came one month after Bartoli won the Wimbledon title.

Wozniacki rallied to defeat Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, setting up a quarterfinal meeting with second-seeded Victoria Azarenka.

Azarenka downed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4.

In other third-round matches, Agnieszka Radwanska sailed past Elena Vesnina 6-0, 6-2, Li Na was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Angelique Kerber, Roberta Vinci eliminated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-3 and Jelena Jankovic won over Sloane Stephens 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Radwanska will meet Li and Vinci will face Jankovic in the quarterfinals.

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