Caroline Tops Maria

US Open 2010
By Hiland Doolittle, September 7th, 2010
Caroline Tops Maria

Caroline Tops Maria

Cinderella was a firm believer that if the shoe fits, wear it. On Monday the shoe for a princess was there for the taking and top seed Caroline Wozniacki knew just what to do. The beautiful Dane would not wait for good things to happen. Instead, she would make good things happen.

She did that by serving with extreme accuracy and plenty of power and by chasing down every ball and hitting exquisite groundstrokes. Two hours after she began her quest, she had reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and did so with a signature win over former number one Maria Sharapova.

Although she clearly deserved to be the number one seed, many fans overlooked the Dane in discussions about the eventual winner. One of the reasons was that she would have to play through Sharapova who has been in top form for more than a month.

Prior to yesterday’s convincing 6-3, 6-4 triumph, Caroline had never won a set from Maria, much less a match. Maria came out firing and pressured Wozniacki at every turn, but the new princess of women’s tennis played with her usual calm and simply made very few errors.

Sharapova struck 32 winners but she gave away 36 unforced errors, while Caroline has just 10 unforced errors to go with he 16 winners. Sharapova had eight break opportunities but only converted one in what turned out to be the tell-tale statistic.

Wozniacki is now two wins form returning to the finals where she lost to Kim Clijsters last year. For Sharapova, the loss is her fourth crucial loss of the Grand Slam year. The bookmakers had installed Sharapova as the second choice, behind Clijsters, to win the tournament.

Caroline will next play Dominika Cibulkova, who engineered an upset over two-time Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Cibulkova went toe-to-toe with Svetlana and rallied from 2-4 n the first set and then served beautifully in the second set tiebreaker to clinch the win.

The upset gained Dominika her second quarterfinal in a Grand Slam event. She also achieved to the quarters in the 2009 French Open.

Russia’s number seven seed Vera Zvonareva never gave Andrea Petkovic a chance to get on the match on Sunday. Zvonareva played aggressively from start to finish and breezed past Petkovic 6-1, 6-2 in one hour.

Up next for Vera will be Kaia Kanepi, the 31st seed, who came back against Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 0-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1. At the start of the match, Kaia had no answers for anything Yanina did. By the end of the match, it was Wickmayer who was wondering what just happened as she completely lost control of the match, the pace and the tempo.

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