World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki avenged her last week’s Cincinnati loss to Christina McHale with a 7-5 6-3 over the American in the quarterfinals of the New Haven Open where the Dane is now on a 15-0 winning streak including three straight titles. If Wozniacki manages to win four successive titles at a WTA event, she will be the tenth player in the Open Era to do so, and first since Venus Williams’ reign in New Haven from 1999 to 2002.
Wozniacki’s opponent in the semifinals will be third-seeded Francesca Schiavone, who received a walkover when Anabel Medina Garrigues withdrew with a knee injury. Wozniacki won the last four matches against Schiavone, but the last three went to three sets.
The other semifinal pair is Petra Cetkovska vs. second seed Li Na.
Coaching update: Wozniacki’s father Piotr is still by her side as a coach. He was advising her during the McHale match. The identity of Wozniacki’s new coach is kept a secret:
Well, you know, I don’t want to talk too much about it because the other coach I’ve been working with, he doesn’t want to have his name out. I have to respect that. But my dad is still there. He’s still my coach at these tournaments, still going to be out and coaching me and being my support. But I’m getting some help from the sideline as well.
(photo: © Neal Trousdale)