August 27, 2013 / 7:59 PM / 5 years ago

Wozniacki survives tough battle with Chinese qualifier

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki reeled off five consecutive games to dig herself out of a hole on Tuesday and safely reach the second round of the U.S. Open.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after winning match point against Duan Ying-Ying of China at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

With her boyfriend, Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, watching from the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Wozniacki was forced to work overtime to beat Chinese qualifier Duan Yingying 6-2 7-5.

Wozniacki seemed to be in cruise control after she raced through the opening set in just 35 minutes but the Danish sixth seed soon found herself in trouble, trailing 5-2 in the second.

But she regained control and won the next five games to seal victory and avoid a repeat of her first-round exit from Flushing Meadows a year ago.

Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Frank Pingue

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