Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach semi-finals

Wed Sep 3, 2014 12:57am EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday and pummeled Italy's Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.The 10th seed reached the last four at a grand slam for the first time since 2011 by beating Errani at her own strategy, engaging in long baseline rallies but using superior power to open the court and find lanes for winners.

Dane Wozniacki walloped winners of all varieties, belting 26 of them to just 12 for her Italian opponent, who looked dazed and confused at times on court.

The match ended when an Errani forehand hit the net tape and flopped back on her own side of the net and the strains of "Sweet Caroline" began to serenade Wozniacki over the loudspeaker.

"It's been a pretty up and down year for me," said Wozniacki, whose two-year relationship with world number one golfer Rory McIlroy ended this year just days after their wedding invitations were sent out.

"To be here in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open once again is an incredible feeling. Definitely, hard work pays off. I'm here and I'm so happy."

The match began inauspiciously for Wozniacki, who struggled with the warm winds that blew through the stadium.

She hit an ugly double fault on her second serve of the opening game and had to fend off four break points to hold serve.

"Love-40 isn't really a good start, but it was really windy and it just took me a few serves to kind of get into the rhythm and figure out where to throw the ball and what to aim for," she said.   Continued...

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates defeating Sara Errani of Italy in their women's quarter-finals singles match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton