In a remarkable turn of events, only two seeds remain out of the Top 8 in the ladies draw, as Caroline Wozniacki toppled former champ Maria Sharapova in three sets to reach the quarter-final round of the United States Open 2014.
The two continued to bring the best out of each other, particularly in the final set, where Wozniacki pushed for the 3-1 lead, which she extended to 5-2 before ending the contest 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
“It means a lot to me,” Wozniacki said after her match. “You know, the season for me has been a little bit up and down, and it’s so nice to kind of start feeling like I’m playing the way I want to. You know, this hard court season has been amazing for me. I actually started already feeling really good on court since Eastbourne. I have just been building on my game since then.”
While Sharapova played a good match, it was her error count that finally cost her the match. She hit 21 unforced errors alone in the opening set and she never fully recovered.
“I felt like in the end of the first set made a few sloppy errors to lose that first set in the end,” Sharapova told the press. “Was happy with the way I turned things around and started playing a bit more aggressive. Got in the points with her. In the third set I stopped doing that. Allowed her to get back in those long points, long rallies, and ultimately went for the shots that created errors.”
Wozniacki will play Sara Errani for a spot in the semi-final round of the tournament.