New York: Two-time runner-up and former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki sailed through to the semi-finals of the US Open 2016 along with German-Polish tennis sensation Angelique Kerber.
Both the men and women’s side was marked by injured players pulling out at the last moment at various stages in this year’s edition of US Open. Novak Djokovic got his ninth-straight final-four berth as Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to retire due an injury.
Similarly, Caroline Wozniacki took advantage of Latvian Anastasija Sevastova’s ankle injury and set herself up for a bout against Angelique Kerber. Wozniacki powered past a struggling Kerber to win 6-0, 6-2. Sevastova’s run so far in the tournament has made a great story as her previous best in New York was second round berths in 2009 and 2010. She beat World No. 3 Garbine Muguruza. But as luck would have it, she rolled her ankle early on in the first set of her match against Wozniacki and became an easy target for the Dane. Wozniacki, who herself was out for three months due an injury said, she felt ‘really bad for her [Sevastova]’
Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber reached the semifinals after showing the door to Italian Roberta Vinci. A foot fault on the set point in the first set proved detrimental to Vinci’s game and sent her packing. The second set lasted just 24 minutes. Angelique Kerber seems keen for the numero uno spot for herself as she seems likely to displace the current World No.1 Serena Williams. If she wins her match against Wozniacki, she would be on course for her third Grand Slam final. Williams who is playing against Simona Halep must win the match to remain World No.1 .
Incidentally, Serena Williams had played against Roberta Vinci last year in the semi-finals and lost, crushing her calendar Grand Slam hope.
Kerber and Wozniacki will face each other in the semis on 8th September.