Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, Ferrer falls at Open

Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:23pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki upset French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a groundstroke marathon to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals, while Gilles Simon registered the first big surprise in the men's draw on Sunday.

France's Simon, the 26th seed, defeated Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, who became the first top 10 men's seed to be shown the exit when he fell 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3 in the third round on a hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows.

But it was the women's fourth-round match-up between Sharapova and Wozniacki that stole the show at the U.S. National Tennis Center.

The 10th-seeded Wozniacki, who ruled as world number one for 67 weeks but never won a grand slam crown, showed great grit in battling to a 6-4 2-6 6-2 victory over fifth seed Sharapova in a two hour 37 minute slugfest in sweltering conditions.

"It means so much to me," Wozniacki told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. "It's been a bit up and down year for me. To win against a champion like Maria is an unbelievable feeling."

Victory sent the 24-year-old Dane to her first grand slam quarter-final since the 2012 Australian Open, a stretch of 11 events, with Italy's Sara Errani awaiting as her opponent.

Errani, the 13th seed, ended the rejuvenated run of 32-year-old Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 6-3 2-6 6-0 in their fourth-round match.

Shortly after Wozniacki's victory, the remainder of the day session was ruled over due to lightning and heavy rain. Second seed Roger Federer's match against Spain's Marcel Granollers was suspended with the Swiss master trailing 5-2 in the first set.   Continued...

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates her win over Maria Sharpova of Russia at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine