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Caroline Wozniacki beats Samantha Stosur in 3 sets to advance at Dubai Tennis Championships

  • Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after she beats Samantha Stosur of Australia during the third day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after she beats Samantha Stosur of Australia during the third day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after she missed a ball against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the third day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after she missed a ball against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the third day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after she beats Samantha Stosur of Australia during the third day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after she beats Samantha Stosur of Australia during the third day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

Caroline Wozniacki served for the match three times before finally beating Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 Tuesday in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The third-seeded Dane led 5-2 in the third set but struggled to close it out.

"They do say third time lucky, right?" Wozniacki said. "I was hoping for that."

Wozniacki has been ill with a headache, sore throat and hoarseness since arriving in Dubai, and on the first point of the match a recurring left knee problem surfaced.

After losing the first set, the former top-ranked player took a medical time out to have her knee treated.

"I thought I was long gone after that first set," Wozniacki said. "I'm happy to be through and to the next round."

Fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic, out with a broken toe since a first-round exit at the Australian Open, beat Sabine Lisicki 6-0, 6-3, while fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Caroline Garcia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Also advancing was 13th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who withdrew from Sunday's final in Antwerp against Andrea Petkovic with a neck injury. Suarez Navarro beat Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-4.

Three seeded players lost: Petkovic fell to Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3; Jelena Jankovic lost to Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-4; and Peng Shuai was beaten by Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).