Aleksandra Wozniak had her best Rogers Cup yet but still could not beat nemesis Caroline Wozniacki.
Wozniacki advanced to the semifinals of the $2.17-million US hardcourt tournament with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Canada's top female player despite the wildly pro-Wozniak crowd at Uniprix Stadium on Saturday night.
The two players with similar names have met nine times, and Wozniak's only win was in Tokyo in 2009 when the Dane was forced to retire with a viral infection in the first set.
Earlier in the day, Wozniak, of Blainville, Que., finished off a rain-delayed match by topping American Christina McHale 7-6 (5), 6-3. That made her the first Canadian in 20 years to reach the quarter-finals of the event some still call the Canadian Open.
Wozniak and Wozniacki are both of Polish descent, but one was born in Canada and the other in Denmark.
Wozniacki, the seventh seed, is to face fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova in the semifinals today. Kvitova ousted Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-2.
Veteran Na Li, the 10th seed, will meet 16th-seeded Lucie Safarova in the other semi. Safarova downed unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2. Li has won her last five meetings with Safarova.
The final is scheduled for Monday night.
Li finished up a rain-delayed third-round match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over eighth-seeded Sara Errani early Saturday, then ousted No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 in only 70 minutes.
Rain continued to plague the tournament, with the start of evening matches delayed 90 minutes by a heavy downpour.
But the day's entire schedule was played.
Wozniak was one game from defeating McHale on Friday night when their third-round match was halted by rain. She needed only a few minutes to close out the match.
She became the first Canadian since Patricia Hy-Boulais in 1992 to reach the quarter-finals. Helen Kelesi in 1987 and Carling Bassett in 1985 were other Canadians to get that far.
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