Caroline Wozniacki is making the most of her home Grand Slam.
After a winless season of battling injuries, she’s now battled all the way into the semifinals U.S. Open.
A 6-0, 6-2 win Tuesday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium over a hobbled Anastasija Sevastova sent her to her fifth appearance in the Open semis where she will meet Angelique Kerber.
“I was born in Denmark and feel Danish, but I have some Polish blood in me. It’s nice I can take the best of both worlds,” Wozniacki said. “Also I have a big part of the New York crowd with me. It’s a great combination here.”
On Wozniacki’s first serve of the evening to begin the second game, Sevastova stepped awkwardly to receive it and fell. She grimaced in pain as she got up, tested her right ankle and immediately indicated to the chair umpire that she wanted the trainer, who didn’t come until after Sevastova served the third game, in which she was broken giving Wozniacki a 3-0 lead.
During a medical timeout Sevastova’s right ankle was wrapped. She was in a deep hole, down two breaks and on a bad leg. Wozniacki held serve, broke her again, and held serve to close out the first set. While the New York crowd loves Wozniacki, who has an apartment Manhattan, it also loves its underdogs and as Sevastova gamely carried on the cheers for her rose, especially when she finally held serve in the fifth game of the second set.
“I tried my best. I don’t like to retire, as I mentioned, but Caroline played great tennis,” Sevastova said. “I think she made no mistakes. She did what she could best. She was a better player anyway. Yeah, even I think if I had no injury it would tough to beat her.”
“I think I was just extra focused, because I saw her fall in that second game,” Wozniacki said. “She stood up, and I knew if she can still walk and still put weight on it and stuff then she’s going to go obviously more for her shots and stuff like that. I kept serving well and made her run. I’m pleased with how I managed to keep composed.”
Sevastova eliminated No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza in the second round and 13th seed Johanna Konta in the round of 16. She retired from tennis in 2013 suffering from back injuries, coming back to competition in 2015. Sevastova was ranked 48 coming into the Open and likely will rise into the lower 30s after her quarterfinal run. With three appearances on Ashe Stadium and wins over highly ranked players, she takes away a sense of satisfaction along with that sore ankle.
“I have more confidence in my tennis,” Sevastova said. “I think on a good day I could beat good players, top players.”
Just not Wozniacki Tuesday night, who is having a revival at her hometown Slam.