Fourth seed Wozniacki falls to Cetkovska
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki became the highest seed to fall in the upset-filled women's draw at the U.S. Open when Czech Petra Cetkovska stunned the Dane 6-4 5-7 7-6(1) at Flushing Meadows on Thursday.
The upset left only three of the top 10 seeds still alive in the year's final grand slam - number one Serena Williams, who is seeking the fourth women's calendar-year Grand Slam, second seed Simona Halep and fifth seed Petra Kvitova.
Cetkovska, who has tumbled to a 149th ranking after missing seven months with a hip injury before returning in March, was playing in the Open thanks to a special injury exemption.
She rode a powerful forehand that produced 29 of her 61 winners to victory over Wozniacki, saving four match points held by the Dane - all on winners off her racquet.
"I said it's now or never, so I just went for it," she said in an on-court interview about her string of match point saves. "It's just amazing."
"So happy to be able to be back and to compete," said the 30-year-old Cetkovska, who will play Italy's Flavia Pennetta, a straight sets winner over Romanian Monica Niculescu.
Former world number one Wozniacki, a finalist last year, was naturally dejected.
"She played well. I let her play well," Wozniacki, 25, said. "She had nothing to lose and went for her shot. Continued...