The stage looks set for a final showdown between the two plays competing for the World No.1 ranking with Serena Williams in the other semi-final, but Caroline Wozniacki will have something to say about that as she looks to thwart Angelique Kerber’s attempt to make a third slam final of the year and to win her second.
Kerber was one match away from taking the No.1 spot in Cincinnati but lost to Karolina Pliskova in fairly meek fashion to miss out on that occasion. They can meet again in the final but if that happens, the No.1 spot will already be locked up for Kerber as she is already ahead in the live rankings.
Kerber has looked like a top 2 player, blitzing through her draw without losing a set with victories most recently over Petra Kvitova and Roberta Vinci. It was her run to the semi finals 5 years ago that saw her burst onto the scene but what was a shock then is now routine for the top German. “I had nothing to lose. I came here. I just played great tennis. I think a lot of things happened since then. Now I’m a completely different player… I have a lot of confidence. I know how to win big matches. I know how it feels playing on the stadium.” she said.
Meanwhile, Wozniacki is having somewhat of a revival after a down year due to loss of form and injuries. She came into the tournament ranked 74 but has picked up impressive scalps in Svetlana Kuznetsova and more notably Madison Keys on her way to the semis. An injury to quarter final opponent Anastasija Sevastova meant she was never tested on Tuesday night and was off the court in just over an hour.
Wozniacki’s best slam performances have always been in New York and she is a two time finalist, most recently in 2014. She was playing at a much higher level on that occasion, most notably in her defeat of Maria Sharapova on her way to the finals stage.
Prediction – Angelique Kerber in three sets