Caroline Wozniacki loses to Julia Goerges in Madrid

Julia Goerges
Goerges began the year ranked 40th in the world

Germany's Julia Goerges beat world number one Caroline Wozniacki for the second time in 11 days to reach the Madrid Open quarter-finals.

World number 27 Goerges followed up her with a 6-4 1-6 6-3 win over her Danish opponent.

World number 41 Bethanie Mattek-Sands stunned French Open champion and third seed Francesca Schiavone 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka beat Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-0 6-3.

But the result of the day in the women's event came in the opening match as 22-year-old Goerges, despite being hampered by a blister, again saw off Wozniacki on clay, leaving the Dane with only next week's Italian Open to prepare for the French Open at the end of the month.

Goerges made a huge leap in class as she beat Wozniacki to win in Stuttgart, only the second WTA title of her career, and back-to-back victories over the world number one will mark the German out as a dangerous opponent for anyone at Roland Garros.

She rallied from 3-0 down to take the first set and, after losing her way in the second, got the decisive break for 5-3 in the third before serving out the match.

"I did a pretty good match again and I'm proud of what I have achieved the last few weeks," reflected Goerges, who made 38 unforced errors compared to Wozniacki's 21 but also 36 winners to her opponent's 11.

"I beat her twice - and twice in two weeks - so I'm pretty proud of myself.

"I tried to get her out of her rhythm and not let her push me and be the first to push her. I like to play higher balls to her backhand especially and if she goes short I have a chance to go for the shots."

"The second set she started to be more aggressive and I started to get tired, so I said to myself keep yourself together for the third set and try to fight for every point."

Goerges will now meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated fifth seed Sam Stosur 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

American Mattek-Sands - sporting knee-high black socks to match the thick black eyeliner under her eyes - celebrated the biggest win of her career.

"I'm really happy with my play on clay right now," the 26-year-old said after defeating Schiavone. "I feel like a true dirtballer."

Her next opponent will be sixth seed and Australian Open runner-up Li Na of China, who beat Italy's Roberta Vinci 2-6 6-2 6-1.

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