Nice and easy does it for top seed Wozniacki

Thu Sep 2, 2010 5:11pm EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nice and easy works fine for top seed Caroline Wozniacki, who said Thursday she is happy with her smooth ride through the first two rounds at the U.S. Open where a potential match-up with Maria Sharapova looms.

The 20-year-old Dane, runner-up in Flushing Meadows last year, made easy work of her first two opponents and has dropped just two games in the year's last grand slam.

But despite the lack of a challenge, she considers herself tournament tough and shot down a notion she might not be ready for a possible fourth-round showdown against Sharapova, the U.S. champion in 2006.

"I've played tough matches in the previous weeks. I've been playing really great tennis. I'm feeling good, so no worries," Wozniacki said after blanking unseeded Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan 6-0 6-0 to reach the third round. "For me it's just about winning and getting through to the next rounds."

Wozniacki has been red-hot in recent months, posting a 16-1 record since Wimbledon with titles in Copenhagen, Montreal and New Haven.

Chang, 19, said she had never been beaten love-love on the professional level but was not embarrassed by the drubbing and would use it as a learning experience.

"It's like playing against a wall," said Chang. "She is a very consistent player. She doesn't give you any points or mistakes. Yeah, she is a wall."

Wozniacki had only seven winners but wore down her opponent with her unerring groundstrokes while waiting for Chang to misfire. The Taiwanese complied with 26 unforced errors.   Continued...

 
<p>Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return against Chang Kai-Chen of Taiwan during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</p>