No. 9 seed Caroline Wozniacki and unseeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer set up an unlikely semifinal meeting at the US Open with straight-set wins on Wednesday.
Wozniacki proved the more consistent in ending the run of ever-consistent, ever-ready-bunny Melanie Oudin, defeating the unseeded 17-year-old 6-2, 6-2. It was a day when Oudin failed to produce her share of winners out of nowhere and “C’mon!”s, and for much of the match wore the desperate look of one who was convinced she should win, rather than playing the role of the fighting underdog.
“It was really tough match for me against Melanie,” Wozniacki said. “I mean, she’s had such a great run, such an amazing tournament. It’s always tough to play against a home favorite. And I knew how I was going to feel to be out there and the crowd, but I just used the energy and tried to covert it into some good tennis. I’m just so happy that I fought so well today and that I managed to pull the match out.”
Wozniacki hit only five winners to Oudin’s 43 unforced errors.
Oudin said she felt Wozniacki putting the pressure on her to end points.
“She’s such a strong player. She doesn’t give you anything for free,” Oudin said. “She plays incredible defense. Makes me hit a thousand balls and really is a really great player. I mean, I don’t know what else I could have done. I could have been more consistent and been more patient, but she really made me think out there and made me have to hit a winner on her to win the point.”
Wickmayer won an all-unseeded battle against Kateryna Bondarenko 7-5, 6-4. Bondarenko seemed lost for much of the match, looking at times as if she would burst into tears in frustration.
“I haven’t seen Yanina playing too much this tournament, but I know her really well from the juniors and we’ve played each other growing up,” Wozniacki said. “So, I mean right now I’m just so happy I’m in the semifinals. I’m just going to enjoy a day off tomorrow, and I’ll talk to my dad who is also my coach about the strategy.”
On the women’s side Thursday are the No. 4-seeded Williams sisters vs. No. 13-seeded Russians Alisa Kleybanova/Ekaterina Makarova.
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