NEW HAVEN: Italy’s Camila Giorgi upset four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA Connecticut Open, a final US Open warm-up hardcourt event.
Giorgi dispatched the former world number one in 78 minutes to book a last-eight date with Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, who eliminated Chinese qualifier Peng Shuai 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in another second-round match.
Giorgi, ranked 38th, also ousted Wozniacki in last year’s US Open but lost their only other meeting this year at Eastbourne.
Wozniacki, whose best Grand Slam showing was a 2009 US Open runner-up effort, won the title at New Haven from 2008-2011, but saw her record at the Yale University event dip to 24-3.
The 24-year-old Dane’s only prior losses since Wimbledon came in three-set battles with world number one Serena Williams in Montreal and Cincinnati.
“I knew I was going to get limited break chances and when I did get them, I didn’t convert,” Wozniacki said.
The defeat does allow Wozniacki a few extra days to prepare for the year’s final Grand Slam event which starts on Monday.