NEW YORK, NY, USA - As Caroline Wozniacki hurtled to all corners of the court before unleashing an unerringly accurate winner to close out her upset win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Wednesday afternoon, it felt as if someone had wound back the clock.
The manner of the comeback drew instant parallels with two displays from the Dane's pomp against the same player at the same venue. The first of these, during the a fourth round tussle seven years ago, came from a particularly perilous position, Wozniacki trailing the Russian 6-2, 4-1 only to somehow resuscitate her ailing challenge.
"Definitely I was a much different player back then. I love playing here at the Open. I have great memories here," Wozniacki said. "I have had matches against Sveta so many times before here where she's been killing literally on court 6-1, 4-1, and then I have managed to come back and win the match in three sets.
"It's like, You know what? Just keep going, wait for your opportunity and your chance, and I did that today."
In both 2009 and 2011, Wozniacki went on to reach the latter stages of the tournament; indeed, in 2009 she would come within one win of that elusive Grand Slam title, only to be denied by Kim Clijsters own fairytale run.
Two years ago, Wozniacki returned to the final once more, this time losing out to the imperious Serena Williams. Since then success has been rather thin on the ground, injuries sending her ranking tumbling down to No.74. However, the former World No.1 is not contemplating hanging up the racquets just yet.
"I think, you know, when you're home for a big amount of time you realize that, you know, life goes on and you kind of get a rhythm at home. I was actually enjoying my time, making the most of the time that I had," Wozniacki said about her time away from the tour this spring recovering from an ankle injury.
"I haven't been able to be home for three months in a row for the last probably over 10 years. So, you know, if I have to look at the positive of things, that was a positive. But I always had in my head that I just have to keep working hard and I'll come back and hopefully play strong and play well. I knew that it's not easy to come back, and especially, you know, you are going to get tough draws. I'm a player that needs matches to kind of get into the tournament.
"But I wasn't thinking about quitting. I mean, I know that I have a lot of opportunities, I have a lot of other interests, and my life is going to be good regardless. But, you know, I'm still young. Hopefully I have a few more years in me."