Caroline Wozniacki, the top seed at the US Open starting Monday, beat Nadia Petrova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the New Haven final for her third title in her last four events. It’s nice to pad your win-loss with Copenhagen titles and wins over non-champions such as Nadia Petrova and Elena Dementieva, but is it worth it at the cost of overplaying going into a Grand Slam?
Prior to the win over Petrova the Dane beat Dementieva in another three-setter. Lots of little wins for the player who doesn’t face a lot of top players during the year, and doesn’t beat a lot of them.
“I feel good. I’m in good shape,” Wozniacki says. “Definitely I feel like I’m playing better and better. The last four weeks have been great for me. It’s a positive problem to me if I have so many matches. It means I’m winning.”
The Woz won a see-saw victory over the spray gun and chronic bad mover Petrova in the New Haven final after leading 6-3, 2-0, but then letting it go to a third set against an opponent whose deep lack of confidence showed with glances up to her coach’s box after virtually every point, and lots of on-court coaching visits. Why can’t these women just play a match with a man having to come on court and fix things during a match? Can you imagine Billie Jean King using an on-court coaching call? She would be embarrassed.
Wozniacki is a perfect 13-0 career in New Haven, which won’t be a lot of consolation after losing prior to the quarterfinals at the US Open. Her first match will be Tuesday.
“I’ve had two victories in two weeks and three victories in four weeks. I feel I’m in great shape and playing well. Hopefully I can continue the next few weeks.”
“Hopefully” is the key word there and she’ll shut up the naysayers such as me if she can reach the latter rounds without visibly running out of gas. It’s nice to be young and have all that gas in the tank. Otherwise it will be a time to realize she’s now a top player and, like Rafael Nadal earlier in his career, needs to plan her calendar a little smarter.
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