Petkovic Overcomes World No.1 Wozniacki
Published March 28, 2011 12:00
MIAMI, FL, USA - On a big ace out wide, Germany's Andrea Petkovic served up arguably the biggest upset of the year so far, defeating the No.1 player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki, to move into the quarterfinals Monday afternoon.
Petkovic, an unheralded No.21 seed, dictated play throughout the two-hour, 24-minute contest, blasting her big serve and groundstrokes as well as mixing in some spins and angles. In the end the usually rock solid Wozniacki wasn't able to overcome it and bowed out against the charismatic German, 75 36 63.
"I feel great. I don't really believe it. I'm still caught up in my emotions," Petkovic said on court. "I had a strict gameplan thanks to my coach, and I stuck to it. Sometimes when the other player starts playing better, like Caroline did in the second set, you can panic and lose your gameplan, but I stuck to it to the end.
"Most players think they can overpower Caroline, but that's the wrong approach. She brings every ball back. I mixed it up and thankfully it worked in the end."
Petkovic is the first German to beat a No.1 in a full match since Steffi Graf beat Martina Hingis in the 1999 French Open final. She is also the first German to reach the quarterfinals here since Anke Huber did it 10 years ago in 2001.
"I had set points in the first set and didn't take them, then the energy dropped a little bit and I lost the match. That happens in sport," Wozniacki said in press. "I had so many break points, so many 40-15s, 30-0s, especially in the first set, and I didn't take the games. Every time she had a chance she took it. She was steady and aggressive and ran a lot of balls down. She played well.
"I'm not going to dig a grave for myself. I'm going to take a few days off. Maybe on the beach, get the tan lines off and then be ready for Charleston."
Other players snapping up quarterfinal berths earlier in the day were No.16 seed Maria Sharapova, who improved to 7-0 lifetime against Samantha Stosur with a routine 64 61 win over the No.4 seed; and No.26 seed Alexandra Dulgheru, who continued her unlikely run with a 63 64 win over the in-form Peng Shuai.
"I have a good record against her, but she's a very tough player. She's No.5 in the world," Sharapova said of Stosur. "You can't take that for granted going out on the court. She's at that spot for a reason. She's a Grand Slam finalist and does really well on clay, and many other surfaces, as well. I just try to take away the good things I've done in previous meetings and take care of business."
Sharapova will play Dulgheru in a first-time meeting in the quarterfinals.
Later, No.3 seed Vera Zvonareva rallied from a first set blowout to beat No.15 seed Marion Bartoli, 26 63 62; No.9 seed Agnieszka Radwanska came out of the blocks with nine straight games and eventually completed a 60 62 rout of No.5 seed Francesca Schiavone; and No.8 seed Victoria Azarenka faced two points for a 63 20 deficit before coming back to beat No.17 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 36 61 64. The last match, No.2 seed Kim Clijsters against No.19 seed Ana Ivanovic, was postponed to Tuesday due to rain.
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