Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wozniacki whips wobbly Wickmayer, to meet Clijsters in the Finals

One Belgian down, one to go.

Caroline Wozniacki, the ninth seeded 19 year old from Denmark, continued her dream run through women's field Saturday night at the US Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Yanina Wickmayer, earning a date in the championship match tonight with Kim Clijsters.

"I mean I am in the US Open final-I cannot describe it with words, I am so excites," Wozniacki said in the post match interview. "I am so happy, I pulled through today. I am really looking foward to it, it's dream come through to play in the finals of the Grand Slam."

Wozniacki, who is making her first foray beyond Round of 16 at a Grand Slam event, has been able to thrive by patiently waiting for her opponents to make mistakes, while not making any of her own. She had only eight winners against Wickmayer, but also made only 14 unforced errors-Wickmayer made 40 unforced errors including 22 in the second set, to go with 23 winners. It was nearly as identical as Wozniaki's victory against Melanie Oudin in the quarterfinals, where she just waits for Oudin to make error after error by consistently hit the ball back into the play.

The match was played in a bizarre environment for a semi finals of the Grand Slam with only about 500 fans or so in the Louis Armstrong stadium, thanks to the persistent rain that forced the match to be play simultaneously with other semifinals.

"Maybe it was easier, because you didn't feel the pressure too much, may be it did not feel like US Open semifinal," Wozniacki said. "Maybe we didn't feel so close to a Grand Slam final."

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