US Open: Caroline Wozniacki ends Oudin’s run at 2009 US Open
Caroline Wozniacki defeated Melanie Oudin 6-2 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.
Wozniacki belted deep groundstrokes off both wings and waited for Oudin to make mistakes, and the diminutive Georgian complied with 43 unforced errors.
Caroline’s penetrating backhands drew a slew of forehand errors from Oudin and silenced the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd that had helped lift the American in earlier upsets.
Wozniacki became the first Danish woman to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam tournament since tennis turned professional in 1968.
“I’ve never passed the fourth round before,” she said. “When I made the quarter-finals I was so happy. Now I’m in the semi-finals and hopefully I can try and win the next match.”
Oudin had become the darling of the tournament for her gritty comeback wins after coming to last year’s tournament as a lowly ranked wild card.
She had won her last three matches after dropping the opening set, including a win over Maria Sharapova, but could not work her magic against Wozniacki.
“She’s such a strong player, she doesn’t give you anything for free,” Oudin said.
Oudin was asked to address the crowd in a rare loser’s turn in the on-court interview.
“This has been a great experience for me. I’ve had a great run,” said Oudin. “Caroline played a great match today. I hope to come back next year and do even better.”
Wozniacki dominated from the start, breaking Oudin’s serve in the second game and again in the sixth for a 5-1 lead.
The Dane fought off a pair of break points to hold for 2-1 in the second set and did so again on her next serve on her way to winning the last four games to close out the match.
Wozniacki will next play against Yanina Wickmayer, who beat Kateryna Bondarenko .
“I have nothing to lose,” Wozniacki said. “I’m in the semifinals of a grand slam.
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