For the first time in her career, at the Sony Ericsson Open, Caroline Wozniacki defeated Serena Williams, and it happened now that Wozniacki is not No.1 any more. To make the quarterfinal victory greater, it came in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. Interestingly, their winners-to-errors differentials were practically the same – Wozniacki 12/13, Williams 34/36.
Wozniacki thinks that her success lies in the fact that she made Williams run and restricted her own unforced errors, while Williams believes she played just 20% of her full potential and made a lot of unforced errors. I especially love this quote of Serena: “Everyone I play always plays the match of the year”.
Wozniacki’s plan for the upcoming semifinal against Maria Sharapova is also to make her move. Sharapova has a 3-2 record against Wozniacki, although it was the Dane who won their last two hardcourt meetings, in straight sets. Sharapova advanced to the Sony Ericson Open semifinals with a 6-3 6-0 win over Li Na. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)
Serena as gracious a loser as ever. The result usually depends on both players, but not so with Serena. Serena knows that the whole world, let alone tennis, is all about Serena, doesn’t Serena. Wonderful win by Woz. As someone elsewhere said, many players would have found a way to lose to Serena last night, but Caroline stood her ground beautifully – and made me smile, too.
I watched the match and it was nerve-wracking. In the start of the match I noticed that Caroline was somehow a bit different. Tougher. And as the match progressed I was more and more impressed. I believe this is a type of match that can turn around her career and help her win slams in future.
As for Serena’s comment it was really unnecessary, it just shows how sour she is about the loss,LOL.
Agreed that Serena is not the most gracious loser out there but loved that quote “Everyone I play always plays the match of the year” and she is right on target! To beat Serena you need to be at your absolute best cause if you give her a chance, even on her bad days, she will find a way to win. Sharapova did this in ’04, Stosur in ’11 USO, and Wozniacki now has her first victory. Props on Woz and hope this gets her career back on track.