NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Top-seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame a late wobble to defeat German 10th seed Andrea Petkovic 6-1 7-6 yesterday and set up a U.S. Open semi-final showdown against her role model, Serena Williams.
The Danish world number one, who is aiming to win a maiden major title, was serving for the match at 5-3 in the second but lost three games in a row before recovering to break Petkovic in the 12th game to force a tiebreaker, which she took 7-5. Coming off a titanic struggle against former U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round, Wozniacki adjusted quickly after her match was shifted to Court 13 when a wet patch on Louis Armstrong Stadium court would not dry.
The 21-year-old Dane was expecting to face another stern test in the last four, where she will meet three-time U.S. Open winner Williams, who beat 17th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 6-1.
“I’m looking forward to that match,” Wozniacki said about the 29-year-old Williams, who has been sidelined most of the year due to injuries and illness.