Wozniacki loses, Kvitova into Sydney semis

By the Associated Press | January 11, 2012 | 8:37 AM EST

Li Na of China plays a shot in her match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic on the fourth day of play at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Li won the match 6-2, 7-6.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

SYDNEY (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki lost her quarterfinal at the Sydney International on Wednesday, opening the way for Petra Kvitova to take over the No. 1 ranking before next week's Australian Open.

Wozniacki, who needed a medical timeout after the third game of the final set to have her left wrist taped, lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 to seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

In the previous match at the Olympic Tennis Centre, Wimbledon champion and No. 2 Kvitova defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-0, 6-4 to move into the semifinals against French Open winner Li Na.

No. 3-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat No. 9-ranked Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-4 and will play Radwanska in the other semifinal.