Giorgi upstages defending champion Wozniacki in Tokyo

AFP | Giorgi took just 38 minutes to take the first set with some brutal hitting

Caroline Wozniacki was chasing a hat-trick of Pan Pacific Open titles, but her quest ended yesterday following a 2-6, 6-2, 4-6 defeat by Camila Giorgi of Italy.

The world No. 2 Dane hit 14 winners to 17 unforced errors in a last-16 match that lasted 2hr 5min in Tokyo.

Wozniacki won the tournament in each of the last two years, but the world number two's poor form continued as Giorgi marched into the last eight with a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory.

The unseeded Giorgi had not beaten the Australian Open champion for four years, but the sprightly Italian outplayed the top seed with an outstanding display on Thursday.

After tamely surrendering the first set, Wozniacki roared back to claim the second and go a break up in the decider but Giorgi could not be denied.

"It was a good match, nice court, it was fun", said Giorgi, who will hope for more of the same against Azarenka on Friday.

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From there, she held on to wrap up a tremendous result, winning her last service game to love to book her place in the quarter-finals where she will take on Azarenka, who was a 6-4, 6-2 victor over Ashleigh Barty.

"I think I played a lot better than in the first round", she said.

"I'm just trying to look day by day and see what happens". "But I m definitely enjoying my time on court these days".

Wozniacki found her game in the second set, saving all nine break points she faced - including one in the first game and five at 1-1 - to send the match the distance.

Czech eighth seed Barbora Strycova fought off Estonian Anett Kontaveit 7-5 (5) 3-6 7-5 in a see-saw battle that lasted just over three hours and will face U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka for a place in the semi-finals.

Croatian Donna Vekic is also through to the quarter-finals after a straight-sets win over Johanna Konta.

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