Wozniacki rallies to upset ninth seed Kuznetsova

Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:42pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, one point from falling behind 5-0 in the opening set, rallied to upset ninth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

The unseeded Dane, slowed by injuries this season, took advantage of some sloppy play by the former U.S. Open champion to post a 6-4 6-4 victory and advance to the third round.

"It was not looking good for me," Wozniacki said on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court after the match.

"I've been in this situation before. I was down 6-1 (actually 6-2), 4-1 (in the fourth round in 2009) to her once on this court I said 'I can do this, I can pull this through.' And I won last time and I won today and I'm really proud of that."

Wozniacki, twice a U.S. Open runner-up, has struggled through ankle and arm injuries this season and came to Flushing Meadows ranked 74th in the world.

"I stopped looking at the ranking once I fell out of the top 10," said 26-year-old Wozniacki, who has endured a couple of down years. "I feel like I belong at the top.

"Today I beat someone who's been playing really well this year and that's definitely going to build my confidence."

Wozniacki, one of the game's top retrievers, showed no injury effects as she dashed around the court to extend rallies.   Continued...

Aug 31, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on day three of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports