Two players who need to tune up their games going into the US Open continue to build momentum at the 2011 New Haven Open at Yale. Li Na hasn’t quite been the same player since her win at Roland Garros. In some ways that is understandable considering all the media and sponsor obligations since her historic Major triumph. That said, she really needs to be on her game at this moment because she is at her best on hardcourts. She can win the US Open, if her game is rolling. She had quite a tussle in the New Haven quarterfinals with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Although she won the first set 6-4, Li was spraying unforced errors, which eventually cost her in the second set. But Li Na pulled things together to finally close out Anastasia, 6-4 3-6 6-2.
Caroline Wozniacki also could use a hardcourt win going into the US Open. This is the place to get it. Caroline has yet to lose a match in her career at New Haven. Maybe if they moved the US Open to Yale Caroline would be a shoe-in to win her first Major. You have to think Wozniacki heard the talk about her rematch with Christina McHale, the rising young American star. But if she was looking to roll through Christina, that didn’t happen in the first set, a tough 7-5 win for Caroline. McHale made her work for it. But once that first set was in the bag, as happens often the lower ranked player lost her way a bit. McHale went from 68% first serve percentage in the opening set to a paltry 35% in what would be the final set as Caroline prevailed 6-3. You can’t beat Wozniacki serving like that. Still, McHale is a player to watch. Her future is bright.
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (WC) Christina McHale (USA) 75 63
(2/WC) Li Na (CHN) d. (8) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 64 36 62
(3) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) w/o (right knee injury)
(Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. (4/WC) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 75 75