Wozniacki Makes SFs, Now 15-0 In New Haven
Published August 25, 2011 12:00
NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - Going into the quarterfinals of the New Haven Open at Yale, the Top 4 seeds had a combined 0-7 head-to-head record against their respective opponents - but three of that top quartet were able to make it through anyway, with only Marion Bartoli falling short of the semifinals.
Bartoli, the No.4 seed, had lost her only previous encounter against Petra Cetkovska, and history repeated itself as the Czech qualifier did it again with a tight 75 75 victory. Cetkovska, who is at a career-high No.40 this week, scored her third Top 10 win, now two over Bartoli and one over Elena Dementieva.
"I had quite a good week last week in Cincinnati, qualifying and then passing one round. I lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 in the third," Cetkovska said. "I don't want to say I was feeling great, but it was like a nice promise that I might qualify or do something here. But I'm really surprised with this result."
Cetkovska trailed 5-4 in both sets but squeaked them out. "I tried to be even more concentrated because at the end of sets are really the key moments. I tried to do my best, tried not to miss anything, just not give away any points."
Cetkovska, who has also taken out No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska this week, will face another seeded player in the semifinals, namely No.2 seed Li Na. Li had lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in their only previous meeting but this time beat the No.8 seed in a rain-interrupted match, 64 36 62.
"She's a great player. I think I played her like two or three years ago. I lost," Cetkovska said. "I'm looking forward to this match. I hope it's going to be good. It's a nice opportunity - I'm happy to test my game against such a great player."
No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki and No.3 seed Francesca Schiavone also made it through safely, albeit in much different fashion. Having been 0-4 against her, Schiavone received a walkover from Anabel Medina Garrigues, who was suffering from a knee injury; Wozniacki followed at night with a 75 63 win over American wildcard Christina McHale, who had beaten her last week.
"It was a different match than the one in Cincinnati. I played better today - I think Christina played better today as well, actually," Wozniacki said. "Today I cut down on my unforced errors and made a few more winners than I did the last time. I went in there, I was determined. I was trying not to lose twice in a row. I went out there and won, so I'm pleased with the result today."
Wozniacki improved to 15-0 in New Haven, having won in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She is trying to become the 10th player in the Open Era to win a WTA event four years in a row, and first since Venus Williams won here 1999 to 2002.
Wozniacki leads Schiavone in their head-to-head, 4-2. She has won their last four meetings, although the last three of those have gone to three sets.
"I've had a lot of tough matches against Francesca. Last time I think it was in Brussels, where we played three sets and I think we were at it for three hours."