Slow start cost her chance at glory, Wozniacki says

Sun Sep 7, 2014 7:57pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki said nerves and a slow start cost her any chance of beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Sunday.

The former world number one was out-hit and outplayed by the American, who won 6-3 6-3 to seal her sixth U.S. Open and her 18th grand slam singles title.

“I went out there and I was a little nervous,” Wozniacki said. “I had a game plan in mind, but it was kind of difficult at the start.

“I tried to push her back, but that really didn't work for me. She really just stepped in and she was playing aggressive. She was playing better than me today."

Both raised their level in the second set, but Wozniacki said," it was just a little too late for me.

“She was very aggressive from the start. So she didn't really let me dictate it the way I wanted to.”

Williams had failed to make it to the quarter-finals of any of the first three grand slams of the year but Wozniacki said that may have played in the American's favor on Sunday.

“I think she wanted to prove to herself and even play better in this one and she ended up winning it,” she said.   Continued...

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts during the women's singles finals match against Serena Williams of the U.S. at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 7, 2014.              REUTERS/Adam Hunger