No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki braved exceedingly windy conditions and the scampering Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday evening to extend her win streak to 13 matches and move into the semifinals at the US Open.
Both players struggled to hold serve in conditions that had them repeatedly catching service tosses and double faulting, but the biggest stat was 43 unforced errors for Cibulkova to 18 for the ever-steady backboard-like Wozniacki.
“It felt like we were playing in a hurricane or something,” said Wozniacki, who was pummeled by her own ponytail in the wind. “But it was the same for both players. I’m happy to get through.”
Wozniacki, who had yet to drop a set in the tournament, will next face No. 7 seed Vera “The Crying Game” Zvonareva who recorded a 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 31 seed Kaia Kanepi to reach the semis.
It is the second straight Grand Slam semifinal for The Crying Game, who benefited from a whopping 60 errors from Kanepi.
“The weather definitely wasn’t good for the tennis, but we were both trying our best out there,” said Zvonareva, who kept her emotions in check. “The most important thing was to find the right balance between being patient and aggressive. I think I did that well today.”
Kanepi drops to 0-3 lifetime in Slam quarterfinals.
“The wind was blowing in every way,” Kanepi said. “When I played Jelena [Jankovic] it was the same thing so I was used to it, but today was tough. I just didn’t find my rhythm.”
The victors Wozniacki and Zvonareva are tied 2-2 in their career head-to-head meetings.
The women get the day off in singles on Thursday, but doubles highlights include the semifinal (6) Vania King/Yaroslava Shvedova vs. (9) Cara Black/Anastasia Rodionova, and the mixed final (1) Liezel Huber/Bob Bryan vs. Kveta Peschke/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
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From tennis writer “Dick” Evans: “How long can one family go on propping up American tennis? Even without the world No. 1 Serena Williams, there is still a Williams to step into the breach and fill the great, gaping void that opens up when one searches for a U.S. quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open.”…If you defined a “heavy ball” like a Rafael Nadal forehand, you’d have to define the Caroline Wozniacki groundstroke as feather-light. That thing just sits there. Like a big grapefruit. You get the feeling Serena would beat the hell out of that, will Venus get a chance to?…The ATP is considering lengthening the off-season by 3-4 weeks beginning in 2012? Bad move. The ATP will lose revenue, and the stretch will be dubbed “The Exo Season” as all the top players, rather than rest, will instead rake in hundreds of thousands (or in Fed and Rafa’s cases millions) playing exhibition matches. Players know their potential careers and earning seasons are short — think they’re going to “rest” because the ATP tries to mandate a big off-season? Dumbasses. A whole exo tour of events will pop up during those two months off. Enjoy the revenue losses from the tournaments you’re going to have to cancel…Donald Trump watched from Caroline Wozniacki’s player box during her match: “He called my agent and asked if there was going to be a space in my box,” Wozniacki said. “I said, ‘Of course, there’s always a place for Mr. Trump.'”
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