Angelique Kerber making it to the semifinals of the 2016 US Open…okay, that I could see coming. But Caroline Wozniacki, the former world #1 who has slipped to world #74, being there to meet Kerber in the finals? That is quite the surprise. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been. This is the Major that has seen Sunshine have her best results, reaching the final in 2009 and 2014. Although she lost those finals to Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams respectively (no shame in losing to those two), she clearly comes alive in NYC. Now, to be fair she didn’t get much of a challenge in the quaters from Anastasija Sevastova, blowing out the error prone Latvian, 6-0 6-2. This is one match after taking out an error prone Madison Keys in the fourth round. I’m just getting around to forgiving Caro for beating my favorite player Maddie. But seriously, it’s highly unlikely that Wozniacki will get 30 or more unforced errors from Kerber, who beat last year’s US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci, 7-5 6-0. So just waiting for Angie to beat herself won’t work in the semis. Can Caro find that extra gear to go for her shots against the current world #2? She will have to or Angie will make her third Major singles final of the year (to go along with the Gold Medal match at the Olympics).
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2 ANGELIQUE KERBER d. 7 Roberta Vinci, 7-5 6-0
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI d. Anastasija Sevastova, 6-0 6-2
Since her old beau Rory won Deutsche Bank this weekend, methinks Caro is trying to one-up him.
Maddie’s loss to Wozniacki has me worried…she talked about being nervous…but what I saw was the same player with oodles of talent but way, way, way too many unforced errors.