Stephens beaten by Wozniacki in quarterfinals of New Haven Open

Caroline Wozniacki beat rising American star Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 6-2 on Thursday to make it to the semifinals of the New Haven Open for the sixth consecutive year.

The four-time champion is 23-1 at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven with her lone loss coming a year ago when she had to retire from the semifinals because of a knee injury.

The former No. 1 player in the world will play Simona Halep on Friday. The Romanian beat Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 7-6 (6).

The other semifinal will feature two players from the Czech Republic. Defending champion Petra Kvitova beat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. She will face Klara Zakopolova, who came from a set down to beat Russian Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

WINSTON-SALEM OPEN: Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine overcame a knuckle injury on his left hand to beat Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the quarterfinals at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Dolgopolov, No. 38 in the world, advanced to a semifinal for the first time this season. He will play France’s Gael Monfils, a 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-4 winner over Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.


DN GALAN DIAMOND LEAGUE: LaShawn Merritt of the U.S. won the 400 meters at Stockholm, in his first major race since regaining his world title last week.

Before a crowd of 12,814, world champion David Oliver of the United States won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.21 seconds, 0.14 seconds ahead of Sergey Shubenkov of Russia.

Also, Kerron Stewart of Jamaica won the women’s 100 meters in 11.24 seconds, edging Alexandria Anderson of the U.S. by 0.01 seconds.


LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Jorge Romero hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh, and Tijuana, Mexico, rallied past Aguadulce, Panama, 4-2 to earn a berth in the international championship game at South Williamsport, Pa.

The rain-delayed victory set up a rematch between Mexico and Tokyo on Saturday. The second game on Thursday’s slate between Westport, Conn., and Sammamish, Wash., for a berth in the U.S. final against Chula Vista, Calif., was moved to Friday.


LPGA: Lydia Ko is back on top of the Canadian Women’s Open leaderboard at Edmonton, Alberta.

The 16-year-old Ko, the winner last year at Vancouver Golf Club at an LPGA Tour-record age of 15 years, 4 months, shot a 5-under 65 in perfect conditions at Royal Mayfair for a share of the first-round lead with Angela Stanford and Christel Boeljon.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions at Gleneagles, Scotland, to shoot 7-under 65s and share a one-shot lead after the first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship.

— From news service reports

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