MONTREAL—Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska’s hopes of claiming the world’s top ranking this week were dashed after she suffered a crushing 6-2 6-1 loss to China’s Li Na in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Saturday.
While Radwanska cruised by South African Chanelle Scheepers in a last-16 match completed earlier on Saturday, she found the former French Open champion far too good as she crashed out of a tournament she needed to win to claim the world’s top ranking.
“The first match cost me a lot of power. It was very hot conditions out there,” Radwanska told reporters. “But anyway, of course, she had the same situation. She was just playing too good. Li Na was just playing unbelievable tennis today.”
Vinci, who enjoyed a 6-0 6-0 win over former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the second round, continued her good form with a 6-2 7-6 upset win over sixth seed Angelique Kerber in the third round on Saturday.
In other last-16 action, 20-year-old wild-card Aleksandra Wozniak defeated American Christina McHale 7-6 6-3 to become the first Canadian woman in 20 years to reach the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.
The top-ranked Canadian and world No. 55 was forced to wait for her special moment as she was serving for the match when rain halted play on Friday.
The 24-year-old was playing former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the last match on Saturday.
The Dane’s progression was more difficult against Varvara Lepchenko as she needed two hours and 30 minutes to defeat the New York-based Lepchenko 4-6 6-3 6-4.
“It is difficult when it is against a left-hander but I kept fighting and I kept my head cool,” said Wozniacki.