Wozniacki drops wounded Sevastova to reach semi-finals

Tue Sep 6, 2016 10:54pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday with a ruthless 6-0 6-2 win over wounded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

Sevastova, the first Latvian to reach a grand slam quarter-final, saw her U.S. Open hopes come to a painful end when she rolled her ankle chasing down a ball on Wozniacki's opening serve.

"For sure it was affecting my play but I'm not a person that likes to retire during a match, so I just tried my best," said the 48th ranked Sevastova, who fought bravely to the finish.

"It's tough to end like that, but it's tennis. I could have played amazing but still lost. It would hurt more, I think."

After watching Sevastova crash to the court and then get up, Wozniacki said she had taken no chances with a spot in the semi-finals on the line.

With her opponent hobbled, the Dane showed no mercy as she moved in for the kill, keeping Sevastova running from sideline to sideline.

"I've rolled my ankle several times so I feel real sorry for her," said Wozniacki, twice a U.S. Open finalist. "But I was just extra focused.

"She stood up and I knew if she can still walk and still put weight on it and stuff then she's going to go obviously more for her shots and stuff like that.   Continued...

Sep 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA;  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after recording match point against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia on day nine of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports