World No.23 Andrea Petkovic recorded her first victory over a top-ranked player in her first meeting with Caroline Wozniacki, beating the Dane 7-5 3-6 6-3 in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
The 23-year-old Petkovic had a precise strategy for this encounter and she managed to stick to it. Also, the facts that Wozniacki wasted three set points at 5-4 in the first set, committed more than 50 unforced errors in the match and converted only 5 of 17 break points helped Petkovic become the first German woman since Steffi Graf in 1999 to beat a reigning No.1
“I didn’t try to overpower her because she’s so good at bringing the ball back, so I tried to mix it up a little bit,” Petkovic told Tennis Channel.
Wozniacki, who won her 14th career title a week ago at Indian Wells, will remain No. 1 through at least April 18.
Let’s also mention that seed No.16 Maria Sharapova staged an upset of her own with a 6-4 6-1 defeat of fourth seed Samantha Stosur in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open. (photo: sr_cranks)