Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki beats Maria Sharapova to enter the quarterfinals of the US Open.
In a big upset, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki beat fifth seed Maria Sharapova to advance to the quarterfinals of the US Open. The Dane won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in stiflingly hot conditions in New York’s Flushing Meadows. This victory denied Maria Sharapova a chance, for the first time in her career, to claim two major titles in a single year.
For Caroline Wozkiacki, this marks her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the Australian Open in 2012. Wozniacki, who is a former world number one, has had a rough season on and off the field. In May, the tennis star was coping with the end of her engagement with golfer Rory McIlroy, which was highly-publicized.
The brutally humid conditions tested both players, but Wozniacki kept her composure even when Sharapova was attacking her in the second set.
The two players were granted a heat break before the third set, after which, the Dane came with all guns blazing to wrap the match up in the third set.
After the match, Caroline said, “When we had that break, I said ‘OK, win or lose I’m going to go for my shots. I’m going to go for it. This is the only chance I have to win. If I’m going to lose, at least I’m going to do it with dignity.”
Before this, Caroline’s best tournament was the Wimbeldon, where she went out in the fourth round. Wozniacki praised Sharapova, who she said was a “tough competitor”.
The 10th seeded Wozniacki will face the 13th seeded Italian Sara Errani for a spot in the semifinals.