Wozniacki crashes out in Melbourne

Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:24am EST
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki made an early exit from the Australian Open on Saturday with a 4-6 7-5 6-3 loss to rising Spanish talent Garbine Muguruza in the third round.

Dane Wozniacki, seeded 10th, appeared to be on course for a sixth appearance in the fourth round in seven visits to Melbourne Park when she wrapped up the first set in 39 minutes.

Venezuela-born Muguruza, however, arrived in Melbourne in good form after winning the warm-up tournament in Hobart as a qualifier and rallied to clinch the second set in just under an hour on Rod Laver Arena.

With both serves under pressure in the decider, the 20-year-old Spaniard converted all four of her break points to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.

Muguruza next meets fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O'Brien)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts during her women's singles match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 18, 2014. REUTERS/Brandon Malone