At the US Open, where she played the final in 2009 and semifinals in 2010 and 2011, Caroline Wozniacki quietly went out in the first round to 96th-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-2 6-2. At the previous Grand Slam, Wimbledon 2012, Wozniacki also lost in the first round, which was her first first-round loss since the 2007 French Open.
Even though Wozniacki did not blame the defeat on her right knee injury that forced her to give up on chasing five straight titles at the New Haven Open, it can’t be denied that the Dane is not fully fit. Hopefully, the injury is just a temporary issue, as Wozniacki believes, and will heal quickly.
Begu got her first US Open win and her first victory over a Top 10 player in six tries. However, Wozniacki might not be in the Top 10 for long – if Marion Bartoli beats Romina Oprandi in the second round, the Dane is out of the elite group. (photo: sr_cranks)
She’s reminding me of Ana in the darker days. Hopefully she’ll stop the slump soon.